Talent is the basis for a new youth performing organization that has its sights on "Music, Fun and Travel."
After over 20 years of teaching in the Delta schools, Richard Weldon, retired band director, believes that the youth of Delta County have talent that can be advanced through an organization that will teach music fundamentals and help talented students progress to a higher level of performance which could open career opportunities.
"Students from larger metropolitan areas have many more opportunities through private teachers and professional musicians than do our students here," Weldon said. "I have seen and also worked with many talented students as a public school teacher and heard others from our county schools. I just don't believe they have the same chance of success here in Delta County."
The new organization, "Grand Mesa Valley Youth Stars," will be for students ages 5-14 who wish to expand their talents. "We hope to begin working with the youth and present a series of concerts that will showcase their talents and continue their music skills," Weldon said. "I have several adults who will assist me with rehearsals and training as well as other adults who will be a part of the administration."
Open tryouts will be held in Cedaredge, Paonia and Delta. The tryouts begin Saturday, Sept. 7, in Cedaredge at Grand Mesa Baptist Church, 110 SE Jay Avenue, from 10 a.m. to noon. Grand Mesa Baptist Church will host rehearsals.
Tryouts continue Monday, Sept. 9, in Paonia, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the corner of Hwy. 133 and Samuel Wade Road. On Sept. 14, tryouts will be held at the First Baptist Church of Delta, 1250 Pioneer Road, from 10 a.m. to noon.
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Students may try out at any of the three locations. Tryouts will determine membership of the group. Students should come prepared to demonstrate their talent (with or without accompaniment). Parents and students will be asked to fill out an application, and should the student be asked to join the group, will then be able to accept the invitation or decline membership. For more information, call 835-3329.