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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.


O for OPPORTUNITY – is the chance to do something amazing. Some students do not get the chance to play an instrument whereas children in orchestra are pushed to the limits every week.

R for RESPONSIBILITY – is not only being responsible for your instrument but also everything that has something to do with it. This includes music, rosin, chinrest, shoulder rest, etc.

C for CHALLENGE – yourself beyond belief! Say, I have to play two flats or play 32nd notes or a 16th note run. Play more than you think you can!

H for HARD WORK -is what you put in every time you play a piece and you want it to sound amazing. You know you have done your work when you can play a piece by just looking at it and not needing finger numbers.

E for ENTHUSIASM – something that you should bring to class or orchestra every week. You should be excited to play your instrument. Having a positive attitude is always best.

S for SATISFACTION -is something you should feel every time you play in orchestra. It means having the feeling that you are proud of what you have achieved and that you can play well.

T for TEAMWORK – is trying to make music wonderful. Orchestra is one of the best teams known to man. If the orchestra didn’t play as a team people would surely notice it and it would be bad.

for  RESULTS – are what you get after lots of practice. The amount of effort you put into preparing a concert will finally show.

A for  ARTISTRY – is the art that is created with your talent plus your hard work. Also inside the word “artistry” is the word “try”. You can’t accomplish anything without trying your hardest.

~   Victoria Parello, 7th Grade

Congratulations !!!

The All-County Middle School Chamber Orchestra from Berkeley Co. won First Place in the WV Orchestra Festival in Buckhannon yesterday. Congratulations to our outstanding young string musicians!

​The Martinsburg ​​High School Chamber Orchestra won a Second Place in the HS division. Well deserved.

String Orchestra Camp


June 16 to 20, 9am to 4:30 pm at the Frank Arts Center (Shepherd University).

Highlights of the camp include string orchestra rehearsals and a concert, individual and group coaching, chamber music and string quartets, master classes, and faculty performances. Students enrolled in grades 8-12 during the 2013-2014 academic year are invited to participate.

$250 includes lunch.


For more information go to

Brochure/Application available at

Buckhannon Strawberry Festival Trip – UPDATE

This announcement is for all middle schoolers / all string teachers who are participating in the WV Orchestra Festival in Buckhannon on May 16th:

  • Students MUST be on the bus when traveling to the competition
  • Wear blue orchestra t-shirt and white bottoms
  • Martinsburg High School students wear school orchestra clothing


  • 7:00 am meet buses in parking lot between North Middle School and Rec Center
  • 12:00 noon arrive at Wesleyan College, Buckhannon
  • Pizza lunch plus water in front of Chapel
  • 1:00 pm warm-up for Berkeley Co. Middle School Chamber Orchestra
  • 1:30 pm performance for MS Chamber Orchestra
  • 2:00 pm warm-up for Martinsburg High School Chamber Orchestra
  • 2:30 pm performance for Martinsburg HS Chamber Orchestra
  • 4:00 pm awards ceremony
  • Strawberry Festival Carnival
  • 5:00 pm buses leave for Martinsburg
  • 10:00 pm arrival in Martinsburg