The Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale is looking for talented musicians and singers to join.
The newly formed ensemble plans to have auditions this weekend. The orchestra audition is Saturday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Walnut Senior Center, 21215 La Puente Road.
The chorale audition will be held at the same location on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. An application fee of $20 is required and scholarships are available upon request, according to organizers.
Walnut City Councilman Bob Pacheco, who also is an attorney, announced in August that he was preparing the legal paperwork to establish the ensemble.
""We have a lot of talented people in this city," he said. "It will be
wonderful for the community and will go right along with being one of
the best cities in this country."
The orchestra and chorale is based in Walnut, but plans to include members from surrounding cities and communities, including Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights.
Nove Deypalan, the founder and condutor of the ensemble, recently spoke at both the Walnut and the Diamond Bar council meetings about the upcoming auditions.
Deypalan, a two-time winner of the International Conducting Workshop and Competition, had led ensembles and performed in many well-known concert venues, including Carnegie Hall. He has a bachelor's in conducting performance from Chapman University, a master's in choral conducting from USC, and a doctorate of musical arts in instrumental conducting from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
The ensemble is open to all ages, children to adults, he said. A specific piece is required for the orchestra audition.
"This will affect lots of members of our commuity, especally the young musicians and the adults," he said at the Walnut City Council meeting. "The
only thing we require is that it is based on talent. We don't care if
you are five years old, six years old, as long as you play the
instrument very, very well."