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to the home of the Berkeley County Orchestra Program. Started in 1995, the program has seen tremendous growth and has had a wonderful impact on the children that have been involved. The Berkeley County Strings Program is open to all 4th to 12th graders as well as private school and home schooled students.

Shepherd University Preparatory Orchestra

Our most advanced and ambitious string students are invited and encouraged to audition for the Shepherd University Preparatory Orchestra.

Auditions are August 27th, 2014, 6 pm at Shepherd’s Music Department.
For more info contact Kari Edge 304-876-5555

NOTE: Berkeley County students MUST participate in the BC High School Orchestra to be eligible to play at Shepherd University or at HS Honors Orchestra or All-State Orchestra.

Berkeley County High School Orchestra Auditions

Auditions are for string musicians only.

- Tuesday, August 19 and 26, 2014
- 7 to 8:30 pm
- Band room of South Middle School (enter through band room door at the back of the school/ gravel road)

All students should prepare:

- One solo piece that best demonstrates their current playing ability
- Major scales up to 3 sharps/flats (1 to 3 octaves)

Rental Night for Mr. Newberger’s Students – UPDATED

ALL students who need stringed instruments or are taking strings for their first time MUST attend a rental meeting.

  • Who: Students at OVI, ESI, SMS, NMS, and MHS and their Parent/Guardian
  • When: Wednesday August 27th at 6:00pm (this is a time change)
  • Where: North Middle School Cafeteria

If you can not attend this meeting, please see the info for Mrs. Price-Del Gallo’s rental nights, Dr. Sturm, or Mr. Funderburk’s rental nights.

Questions???? Contact Mr. Newberger at

Why Music?

I. Music is a Science.

II. Music is Mathematical.

III. Music is a Foreign Language.

IV. Music is History.

V. Music is Physical Education.

VI. Music Develops Insight and Demands Research.

VII. Music is all these things, but most of all,

Music is Art.


That is why we teach music:

Not because we expect you to major in music.

Not because we expect you to play or sing all your



But so you will be human.

So you will recognize beauty.

So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this


So you will have something to cling to.

So you will have more love, more compassion,

more gentleness, more good –

in short, more Life.