Update November 2020
Although LCCO has not been able to resume regular rehearsals due to Covid restrictions (and all concerts cancelled), string players have been keeping their skills sharp. Thanks to Sanford Contractors owner Donnie Oldham, seven practice sessions on Tuesday evenings in October and November took place in the training room of the business at 628 Rocky Fork Church Road. Musicians in the violin, viola, cello and bass sections wore masks and stayed socially distanced as they rehearsed under the direction of volunteer director Jessica Simmons.
From their efforts came a recording of Christmas carols that will be used for CCCC’s Cougar Express drive-thru holiday celebration on December 3 in the parking lot of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic & Conference Center. People driving thru from 5:30-7:00 pm will be able to listen to the music on their car radios tuned to WDCC 90.5 FM. The event, geared toward small children, will include cookies and candy canes, elves, a snowwoman, and, of course, will feature Santa Claus. Appropriate COVID-19 measures will be observed.
Update October 25
In keeping with the realities of COVID-19, Lee County Community Orchestra will not carry through with plans to salvage half the 2020-2021 season, but has cancelled the projected and much hoped for March and May concerts. LCCO will look ahead to an entirely new 2021-2022 season, with plenty of time to plan and prepare. Meanwhile, musicians continue to accept responsibility for keeping their skills sharp, whether as individuals or in small, socially distanced groups.
Congratulations to Gloria Steslicke, the recipient of our LCCO Music Merit Award! She has been a member of the LCCO flute section for the past two years. Gloria will be graduating from North Moore High School and will be attending UNCG as a music education major with a concentration in flute. She has been a member of the North Moore High School Marching Band and was a featured soloist. She is the daughter of Joe and Wendy Steslicke of Bear Creek and a flute student of LCCO principal flutist, Jessica Simmons of Sanford. The LCCO wishes her a very bright future.
The Lee County Community Orchestra brings together some forty volunteer musicians of mixed ages and musical backgrounds. Members range in age from high school students to senior citizens, all focused on preparing and presenting free concerts for the community, which includes Sanford, Lee County, and the surrounding area. Some bring professional music experience to the mix and others offer the satisfaction of a hobby pursued, but all contribute their desire to learn to play well in an ensemble.
Whether you're interested in playing with the orchestra or in supporting the orchestra financially, please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Reinette S. Stephenson
Photo Credit: Camp Price