TERRE HAUTE -- Local musician, Earle R. Melendy, co-founder and conductor of the Terre Haute Symphonic Pops Orchestra (The Sinfonietta), has been selected and elected to enter the Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame.
The Sinfonietta has been a favorite with many local musical and business patrons for more than 10 years.
This orchestra was fashioned after the Boston Pops, using the many talents of all local musicians for the past 18-19 musical seasons. Their concerts play to a loyal and enthusiastic audience.
The spring concert has been scheduled for March 9, 2008, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Auditoriium on the corner of 8th and Ohio Streets, Terre Haute, with the spotlight on "Hollywood's Musical Masters."
The audience will be entertained by many popular selections from the 30s and 40s.
Melendy began his academic career serving as Director of Orchestras and Professor of Violin at Shenandoah College and Conservatory, the University of Maine, and at Indiana State University, where he served for 36 years before becoming Emeritus in 1993. During this time, he also was selected Concert master of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra for 16 years, which holds the distinction for a longer period than any Concert master in the orchestra.