Mary Lindsay Welch Orchestra Studio
The new orchestra room at
the Williamsport Area High School was officially dedicated as the Mary
Lindsay Welch Orchestra Studio in a ceremony held on Wednesday, Sept.
The ceremony included a music performance,
including "Happy Birthday," by the Millionaire Strolling Strings for
Welch, who was thanked for the many years of support that she and her
late husband, Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr., have provided the district's
arts education programs.
The new room is a direct
result of an anonymous $100,000 donation made 11 years ago to the WASD
Education Foundation to provide the high school with a much-needed
The orchestra program was removed
from its original classroom 23 years ago because of inadequacies and being unable to accommodate the growing strings program. Since
then, the auditorium stage was used as a daily classroom rehearsal
space. While it easily accommodated the program's daily rehearsals, it
also was shared with the many meetings, community events, assemblies,
rehearsals and performance regularly scheduled there.
a home for the 150 students in the WAHS orchestra program, the new room
gives a stable rehearsal space with no interruptions and cuts down on
the costs incurred from the daily moving of instruments and equipment.
new room gives us the ability to really listen across the orchestra to
the other sections and appreciate what the other sections are playing,"
said senior Isaac Milliken. "This is going to really help with the
quality of our performances."
"It's great that our
very deserving orchestras now have a space to call their own," said
senior Divia Feinstein. "It was a very generous donation and will be
appreciated by the current students as well as everyone who comes after
In the center photo from back left is Matt Radspinner, orchestra
instructor; Rick Coulter, retired WASD music supervisor; Brandon Pardoe,
WAHS head principal; and Trey Phillips, president of the WASD Education
Foundation. At front from left are students, Alec Lakatos and Caroline
Coppersmith; Mary Welch with her grandson, Marshall Welch IV; and
students Emma Radulski and Sophia Sprunger.