The 2020-2021 season for the Moore Philharmonic Orchestra has been an interesting one, to say the least. In spite of the challenges presented by the pandemic, the MPO adapted rehearsals to meet ever-changing guidelines without missing a beat.
MPO has continued its mission of providing high-quality performance opportunities for students and adults alike, even while displaced from usual performance space. Members have worked tirelessly for the past five months to prepare great music and are proud to present its virtual spring concert.
Compared to past seasons, performance lineup this year has looked quite different. In October, the MPO String Ensemble recorded a selection of popular Broadway songs and posted the performance on YouTube. In December, small ensemble groups performed holiday music in downtown Southern Pines, as well as for local businesses and community organizations.
For our spring performance, the MPO expanded rehearsals and resumed working on musical selections originally programmed for the Spring 2020 Concert. This performance was recorded on May 29, 2021, at Trinity Methodist Church in Troy, with the assistance of Mr. Paul Chandley. The performance is available to view now on the official Moore Philharmonic Orchestra YouTube channel or at http://bit.ly/MPOspring2021.
In addition to performances, the MPO also continued the annual scholarship program. The selection process was modified this year, based on the input of local high school music teachers. Four scholarships were awarded in total and were presented at each school’s respective spring performance. MPO extends congratulations to all the winners and wishes them the best as they pursue their passions at the collegiate level.
Looking ahead to the 2021-2022 season, the MPO plans to resume rehearsals at Sandhills Community College in the fall. MPO is looking to recruit new members in all instrumental sections (string, woodwind, brass, and percussion). If you’d like to join or support MPO, more information can be found on the website, mporchestra.com, or by emailing [email protected].