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PRESS PHOTOS BY ANNA GILGOFFThe Valley Community Orchestra, under the direction of Joyce Dawley, welcomes new members who have played instruments in the past or are willing to learn for the first time. PRESS PHOTOS BY ANNA GILGOFFThe Valley Community Orchestra, under the direction of Joyce Dawley, welcomes new members who have played instruments in the past or are willing to learn for the first time.
Jan Pavelco was all smiles at the end of the concert before thanking family members for coming out to support the orchestra. See more photos on Page A5.Press photo by Anna Gilgoff Jan Pavelco was all smiles at the end of the concert before thanking family members for coming out to support the orchestra. See more photos on Page A5.Press photo by Anna Gilgoff
Patrice Tritt is one of four musicians who play trumpet with the Valley Community Orchestra. Patrice Tritt is one of four musicians who play trumpet with the Valley Community Orchestra.

Retired NWL teachers perform a little night music

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by ANNA GILGOFF Special to The Press in Local News

Jan Pavelco and Patrice Tritt’s motto may very well be “It’s never too late to learn.”

Five years ago, the two retired Northwestern Lehigh teachers decided they wanted to make music, so they picked up some instruments and joined an orchestra of like-minded folks.

Tritt chose to return to her original instrument.

“I played the trumpet throughout high school,” said Tritt, of New Tripoli.

Pavelco, who lives in Orefield, decided to learn the violin, fulfilling a wish she always had.

“We rehearse every Thursday,” she said.

The two women performed alongside the other members of the Valley Community Orchestra, presenting a varied program at Moravian College, Bethlehem, for an audience of family and friends eager to enjoy music on a warm June evening.

The program included perennial favorites such as selections from Mozart’s “Figaro,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

In addition to their weekly rehearsals, the orchestra performs at nursing homes and elementary schools during the year as well as offering two concerts in Moravian College’s Foy Hall.

For information or to join the orchestra, go to vcorchestra@yahoo.com.