• 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. 10, 2014.
    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 orchestra space.
    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.
    Providing 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.  
    "The 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 us."
    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.