Local musicians are invited to have some serious fun playing in a community orchestra. The Mountain Community Orchestra is being organized to provide a musical outlet for string, brass, woodwind and percussion musicians in the Western North Carolina and North Georgia community. A planning committee has been formed to develop a timeline, determine rehearsal and performance locations and scheduling, and choose music.
The orchestra will present public performances to provide a quality musical experience for area residents. Performances will include a variety of music for full orchestra and chamber ensembles. Selections will be from early, classic, romantic, contemporary, and traditional music.
The orchestra invites experienced musicians who wish to maintain and improve their musical skills to join in this effort. Talented area students are encouraged to join the orchestra for an opportunity to broaden their musical experience.
The Mountain Community Orchestra will serve the community from Franklin to Andrews and Murphy, and from Hiawassee to Blairsville and Blue Ridge. Rehearsals will be centrally located in the Hayesville/Young Harris area and will begin shortly after the first of the year.
Conductor Paul Dyer has been involved as music director for several musical productions with Licklog Players in Hayesville. He has previously directed instrumental ensembles on the college and community level and is currently performing as timpanist with the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra in Cullowhee.