CHARLESTON, WV -- SCORCH, an orchestra of young musicians from four Kanawha County high schools, is proving there's strength in numbers.
The group was founded in 2005 as a combination of Capital High School and South Charleston High School's string classes, to allow the young musicians to perform in a larger ensemble. That's how SCORCH got its name: "S" for South Charleston, "C" for Capital and "ORCH" for orchestra.
Since then, the orchestra has won first place at the West Virginia Orchestra Festival on seven different occasions, along with other top honors at other orchestra competitions along the East Coast.
The group added two more string classes, from George Washington High School and Herbert Hoover, at the beginning of this school year.
SCORCH now has 46 musicians, who perform together as an orchestra and in smaller chamber ensembles.
"It's just made us better. They're all great musicians, it's only helped," said Christian Rowe, a junior viola player at Capital High School.
The orchestra will perform a special concert at 2 p.m. this Sunday at Christ Church United Methodist on Quarrier Street in downtown Charleston.
It's a fundraiser for their upcoming trip to the American String Teachers Association's National Orchestra Festival in Louisville, Ky. The group is one of only eight high school orchestras chosen to perform.
Audience members at Sunday's fundraiser will get to hear SCORCH perform the program director Jeffrey Lipscomb has planned for the festival: Felix Mendelssohn's "String Symphony No. 10,""Acht Stucke" by Paul Hindemith, "Serenade for Strings in E minor" by Sir Edward Elgar and "Danzas de Panama" by William Grant Still.