The Highlands Community Orchestra Is Looking For Musicians


Plans are underway to get the Highlands Community Orchestra playing again.  Gretta Sandberg is looking for musicians to join.  She’s the Conductor of the Highlands Community Orchestra.

“I’ve done a lot of conducting, many, many years of high school orchestras,” says Sandberg.  “I did have a small string orchestra before the pandemic hit and it was going along very nicely and then we had to shut everything down.  So, I figured it was time to restart the orchestra and this time I wanted to include wind players and I have gotten some wind players who are interested.”

Rehearsals will be held at The Highland Center in Monterey.   Since Sandberg is still in the planning stages, the rehearsal schedule has not been set.

“It’s open to anybody who has played for at least two years I would say, even more would be better, because I would like to try some more adventuresome music and this means that you have to have a few more skills,” says Sandberg.  “So, I’m hoping that the people that are going to be joining, and most of them so far, have played for several years.  There’s a lot of people who have moved into this area who played in middle school or high school or college and then they haven’t played since and they really want to play.  You have to have at least two or three years of playing skills and grade level music, grade level two to three.  If you’re a musician, you probably know what that means.”

The Highlands Community Orchestra is open to musicians from all around the area.

“Not just Highland County, but, you know, there’s people in Bath County, in West Virginia, Pocahontas, Pendleton County,” says Sandberg.   “Anybody who feels like they would like an adventure in orchestral music, they’re the people we want.  I’m hoping that this will give people a chance to make music together and get to know people from different counties.  Get that instrument out of its case and dust it off and let’s start playing.”

Gretta Sandberg can be contacted by email at

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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