Weatherford College’s Wise County campus will have a new stringed instrument program thanks to a grant acquired by the Weatherford College Foundation.
The grant, awarded from The Priddy Foundation, will fund instruments and part-time faculty for the study of violin, cello, viola and double bass.
“We discovered an interest in classical string music in this part of our service area, but the cost of these instruments can be prohibitive,” said Brent Baker, executive director of the WC Foundation. “By loaning the instruments to students, we will be able to help them experience something they might not otherwise and encourage a love for music that can last for the rest of their lives.”
The Wise Youth Strings Ensemble for children between 7 and 17 years old currently meets at the WC Wise County campus and establishes a partnership to feed into college-level string courses.
The new strings program at WCWC will focus on students residing in Wise and Jack counties. Courses will be taught in a private lesson format, which include end-of-course recitals for students to demonstrate their skills. Lessons will be taught by adjunct faculty with advanced music degrees.
The Priddy Foundation, based in Wichita Falls, is dedicated to the support of programs in human services, education, the arts and health which offer significant potential for individual development and community improvement.
Dr. Daniel O’Meara, WCWC dean, will work with WC’s Fine Arts Department to administer the program with a target start date in January 2020.