The West Virginia Youth Symphony has announced that Kanawha City resident Natalie Wehrle has been named its new general manager.
Wehrle performed as a clarinetist with the West Virginia Youth Symphony from 1996 to 2000. She was the winner of the 1998 concerto competition and performed as a soloist during the orchestra’s first European tour in 2000.
A West Virginia University graduate, Wehrle obtained a Bachelor of Music degree for clarinet performance and studied piano technology. Her education in piano technology also includes studies with Steinway and Sons in New York.
She has served as piano technician for the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, the West Virginia Culture Center, Kanawha County Schools, West Virginia State University, Marshall University, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Light Opera Guild and numerous churches and private clients throughout the tri-state region. She plans to continue offering the service.
Wehrle said she has a musical pedigree; her parents brought her to Spencer from Coral Springs, Florida, when she was 6 years old. Both were classically trained pianists who came to the Mountain State to further their musical education.
Wehrle said her new position as general manager with the West Virginia Youth Symphony reunites her with an organization she remembers fondly from her youth, having traveled from Spencer to Charleston and back regularly to participate with the group.
“I definitely had opportunities through the Youth Symphony that I couldn’t get there,” she said.
“I’m super excited, because, after being a stay-at-home mom for four years, I’m really looking forward to the new position,” Wehrle said. “This group is so important to me, for what it did for me in my youth and it just feels really good to be back in it again. This is a group that is very special to me. I’m excited to get back to work, and it seemed to fit perfectly in my life at this time.”
The West Virginia Youth Symphony is a nonprofit arts organization that provides instrumental instruction and performance opportunities to student musicians from the region and supports four music ensembles and nine chamber groups. The current West Virginia Youth Symphony consists of 125 music students, ranging in age from 7 to 19, from 36 different schools and 10 West Virginia counties.
For more information on the West Virginia Youth Symphony, call the WVYS office at 304-957-9888 or visit the website at www.wvyouthsymphony.org.