Paul Duncan, the Wittgow Family Scholar 2018-2019
Paul Duncan is currently a senior at Olympia High School, and has been playing the double bass for eight years. Paul is Principal Bass of Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia’s Conservatory Orchestra and Olympia High School´s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. He is also Assistant Principal Bass in the Tacoma Youth Symphony. Recently, Paul performed at the Evergreen Music Festival, for the second year, at Central Washington University. Paul also performed with the Washington Music Educators Association All State Orchestra and All State Band, during 2017 and 2018. In addition to playing in orchestras, Paul enjoys performing as a soloist, studying pieces such as the Dragonetti Bass Concerto and the Koussevitzky Bass Concerto. Paul competed at the Washington Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Contest in 2018, as a soloist in the solo bass category. Paul is currently studying bass with Dr. Anna Jensen, Professor of Bass at Pacific Lutheran University and Central Washington University. Later this year, Paul will be auditioning for colleges across Washington, including Central Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University. Paul is an avid cross country runner and varsity wrestler at Olympia High School. Paul plans to pursue a lifelong career in music, involving teaching and performing in symphony orchestras.
Open to students in the South Sound area, the annual Wittgow Family Scholar Young Musician Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide an in-depth symphonic learning experience to students who wish to pursue a career in music after college. The symphony is proud to support the musical education of young, talented musicians in our region. As a part of our mission to educate, we congratulate and welcome Paul Duncan as a member of the symphony this season. The Olympia Symphony Orchestra would like to express our appreciation, gratitude, and a very heartfelt thank you to the Wittgow family, who provide the gift enabling the symphony to continue this program. Paul will be awarded a scholarship at the conclusion of this season.