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TVCS senior performs solo at WVYS chamber concert

Teays Valley Christian School senior and harpist Chance Messer has been a member of the West Virginia Youth Symphony for seven years. Courtesy photo by Mike Keller

Teays Valley Christian School senior Chance Messer was scheduled to perform a solo piece at the West Virginia Youth Symphony’s annual chamber concert this past weekend.

Messer, the WVYS 2017 Concerto Competition runner-up, performed “The Vivaldi Harp Concerto in D Major” on his concert grand pedal harp. He was accompanied by Victoria Fatu on piano.

Messer has been a member of the WVYS for seven years. He has studied privately with Harriet Peters and Melody Rapier.

Held at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church in Charleston on Sunday, March 12, the yearly chamber concert featured performances by 13 chamber ensembles and 48 student musicians ages 7 to 18. The ensembles ranged from duets, to trios, to quartets, composed of string and wind musicians and a pianist. The repertoire included works by Telemann, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Handel and others.

The WVYS is a nonprofit arts organization that supports four music ensembles and 13 chamber groups. Its mission is to provide instrumental instruction and opportunities to present quality performances. The current West Virginia Youth Symphony roster consists of more than 130 music students, ranging in age from 7 to 20 and from 33 different schools and 10 counties in West Virginia and one county in Ohio.

For more information on the West Virginia Youth Symphony, call the WVYS office at 304-957-9888 or visit its website at


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