SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 44
(By Senators Foster, Stollings, Minard, Laird, Chafin and Klempa)
Recognizing the West Virginia Youth Symphony as the “Official Youth Symphony of West Virginia”.
Whereas, It is the goal of the West Virginia Youth Symphony to provide opportunities for young people to perform in an orchestra setting; and
Whereas, The West Virginia Youth Symphony originated in 1949 when the Charleston Woman’s Club organized the Kanawha Valley Youth Orchestra; and
Whereas, The West Virginia Youth Symphony has operated continuously since becoming incorporated in 1968, as the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra and changing its name in 1991, to the West Virginia Youth Symphony; and
Whereas, Each year, approximately 100 young musicians participate in the West Virginia Youth Symphony, making it both the oldest and largest youth orchestra in the state; and
Whereas, In 2012, the West Virginia Youth Symphony has 110 students from Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Logan, Mason, Nicholas, and Putnam counties, ranging in age from 7 to 20, and come together to rehearse weekly in Charleston; and
Whereas, In the summer of 2012, the West Virginia Youth Symphony will embark on a ten-day, three performance European tour to Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, and will feature a visit to Charleston’s sister city, Banska Bystrica in the heart of Slovakian; and
Whereas, While in Banska Bystrica, the tour will feature a joint performance with the Conservatory of Music there; and
Whereas, The West Virginia Youth Symphony represents the best and brightest of West Virginia’s youth and we are honored to have them represent our great state, as they share their musical talents with the world; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes the West Virginia Youth Symphony as the “Official Youth Symphony of West Virginia”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the West Virginia Youth Symphony.