The Classical Station Funds Chapel Hill Philharmonia’s Children’s Concert

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WCPE FM Education Fund Offsets costs for Fall Concert.

The Classical Station WCPE is pleased to announce its fourth and final grant for 2014 made through the WCPE Education Fund in the amount of $1,250.00 to the Chapel Hill Philharmonia. The orchestra, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., and benefitting the surrounding area, is a non-profit community ensemble open to area musicians. Music director Dr. Donald Oehler, Professor of Music at UNC Chapel Hill, leads the orchestra in numerous concerts, including the annual Children’s Concert. This grant in the amount of $1,250 from the WCPE Education Fund will cover the costs of this year’s concert, to be held on October 26.

“Thanks to support from the WCPE Education Fund, the concert will bring opera to children as well as provide performance opportunities for aspiring operatic singers,” says Judy Konanc of the Chapel Hill Philharmonia. “The WCPE Education Fund grant covers our publicity, musicians, music, recording, and facility fee expenses for the ten rehearsals and the actual Mozart opera concert for children. Professor/conductor Donald Oehler's planning for the concert, collaboration with the UNC Vocal Department, and constant enthusiasm provide much of the spark that challenges the Chapel Hill Philharmonia and makes this Children's Concert so exciting. As lovers of classical music, we believe our annual children's concert is essential to fostering a continuing appreciation for fine music in audiences of the future… We thank WCPE for supporting this ambitious endeavor!” The concert will feature music from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. This musical collaboration highlights the importance of community involvement that both WCPE and the Chapel Hill Philharmonia share.

The moneys granted by the WCPE Education Fund are made possible by the tax-deductible gifts from its members. Members who forgo a thank-you-gift may opt in to donate 10 percent of their donation to the Education Fund, which is then used to promote the arts in the surrounding area. Applications for grants to the Education Fund are due March 31 of every year. For more information, visit:

WCPE is proud to partner with the Chapel Hill Philharmonia. The Children’s Concert will be on Sunday, October 26, at 3:00 p.m. at the Kenan Rehearsal Hall on UNC’s campus. Admission is free. For more information, visit

About the Chapel Hill Philharmonia:

The Chapel Hill Philharmonia is an all-volunteer community symphony orchestra performing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Donald L. Oehler, Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, serves as music director. In its 32nd season in service to the community, the Chapel Hill Philharmonia has performed a wide variety of classical music, from old favorites to new works. The orchestra gives several free concerts each year. Chapel Hill Philharmonia musicians span a wide range of ages and occupations including scientists, teachers, physicians, homemakers, college and post-graduate students, UNC and Duke faculty, and retired members of the community. What they all have in common is a love of good music and a commitment to playing it for their enjoyment and the enjoyment of others. Membership in the orchestra is available without audition.

About WCPE:

WCPE broadcasts on a variety of FM frequencies in eastern North Carolina and is heard throughout eastern and central North Carolina and southern Virginia from its transmitting tower in Wake Forest, NC, and other repeater stations. A live feed is available on the Internet at, through cable systems, through affiliate radio stations, and via satellite. WCPE is a non-commercial, listener-supported station that plays classical music exclusively. WCPE is owned and operated by the Educational Information Corporation, a North Carolina non-profit broadcasting organization. The Corporation was formed in 1973 and began operating WCPE in July of 1978. The Corporation holds a federal 501 (C) (3) Public Charity Exemption Certificate and the corresponding certificate from the State of North Carolina.

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