Nominations Received by Symphony for the James F. Dunphy Memorial Fellowship | News, Sports, Jobs


PARKERSBURG — Instrumentation students from Wood and seven surrounding counties are invited to apply for a local scholarship that offers private music lessons with a musician from the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, invitations to rehearsals and interactions with musical director Lawrence Loh.

The Dr. James F. Dunphy Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the late James Dunphy, 1930-2011, a devotee and advocate of classical music who lived in Parkersburg for nearly 40 years. Dunphy was a researcher at DuPont and studied music as a passion and a hobby.

Students in grades 8 through 11 in Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, Calhoun, Roane, Tyler and Wood counties can apply online at wvsymphony.org/education. The application deadline is March 21 with live auditions and interviews scheduled for early April.

Scholarship activities for the chosen student take place throughout the 2022-2023 academic year.

The scholarship fund established by the Dunphy family also supports Loh’s visits to work with students in the Wood County Strings program and to provide additional educational presentations at Wood County schools.

The program is in its first year. Previous scholarship winners include Kyle Jones (French horn) of St. Marys High School; Zoe Daugherty (fiddle) of Williamstown High School; Eli Hall (bassoon) from Roane County High School and Ethan Hupp (French horn) from Ravenswood High School.

For more information, contact Betty King at [email protected]

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical and pop concerts annually throughout the Mountain State.




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