Lack of funds jeopardizes WSU orchestra’s trip

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Wichita State University’s symphony orchestra is invited to represent Kansas at a musical festival in Europe but may have to skip the trip because of low funds.

The university’s musicians are invited to play at the 2014 American Celebration of Music in Austria. But the trip for about 60 members would cost about $3,500 per student.

Mark Laycock, WSU director of orchestras, says some members have committed $1,000 of their own money but they still need about $120,000 by the end of January.

Rodney Miller, dean of the school’s College of Fine Arts, says no state money is available for the trip, and the college has limited funds.

Orchestra members have formed a fundraising committee and are waiting to hear if they’ll get more help from student fees.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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