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The Summerville Orchestra has announced that DeAnndra Glenn is the inaugural Director and Education Coordinator of the new Summerville Orchestra Youth Philharmonic and Educational Program.

Glenn has taught strings to students of all ages in the Charleston area since 2005 and has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the North Charleston POPS! and with Mannheim Steamroller, Michael Bublé and Michael W. Smith among many others, according to a press release from the orchestra.

She was conductor of the Charleston County School District Honors Orchestra from 2005 to 2010 and served for seven years as a string instructor for the county school district’s SMAART (Students Mastering the Academic Arts) summer program. of Charleston and the middle and high schools of West Ashley. , the statement said.

Glenn founded the Charleston Violin Studio, and many of his violin and viola students have been admitted to Charleston County School District School of the Arts, Rollings School of the Arts, All-State Orchestras of the Lowcountry and South Carolina and the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra. , according to the press release.

“When I was a student, each new orchestra I joined was a stepping stone to the next level. At first I would have a hard time keeping up,” Glenn said in the statement. “But with practice and determination, my game improved. The orchestra pushed me to become a better musician because I had to learn to stay with the band.

Glenn stopped directing and teaching when her twins – a boy and a girl – were born and is now thrilled to be able to re-engage, the statement said.

“I love directing and directing orchestra rehearsals. The Summerville Orchestra Youth Philharmonic will be a wonderful opportunity for students to make new friends while developing their musicality,” she said. “Playing in an ensemble teaches students to work in teams and also helps them learn other life skills. Additionally, participation in extracurricular activities also looks impressive on a college application.

Glenn and SO staff will work with area school music instructors to identify and audition students for participation. Auditions will be held Monday, September 19, 6-7 p.m., at Alston Middle School, 500 Bryan St., Summerville. More information is available here.

The SO Youth Philharmonic is made possible by a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission. The mission of the Youth Philharmonic Program is to provide an affordable youth orchestra experience for public, private, and charter school students as well as home-schooled students in all three counties. The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra is to give three concerts this year.

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