Calling Local Musicians: Join the Outer Banks Community Orchestra

By on March 14, 2023

Have a dormant musical talent? Want to dust off your clarinet, flute, cello, trumpet or other instrument and see if you can still play it? Well this may be the right time and place to bring back the music.

Dare County Youth Orchestra (DCYO) is excited to sponsor a community orchestra and wants to hear from you. Donna Trivette, chair of DCYO shared insight on the new ensemble. “Although our primary focus has been to bring string orchestra instruction into Dare County School, we feel music is a lifelong activity.” She added, “We’ve heard for years from people interested in starting a community orchestra and the time seems right to do our part to make this happen.”

Organizer Leslie Erickson, a teacher in Dare County Schools and founding member of DCYO encourages anyone with prior experience to feel welcomed into the group. “I myself want to play my instrument more,” commented Erickson. She adds, “The Outer Banks community always surprises us with talent in all kinds of places. Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t played in a while, we’re just planning to get started and see what’s possible. It’s an exciting venture!”

DCYO’s Outer Banks Community Orchestra will have their first rehearsal on March 27, 6pm at St. Andrews by the Sea in Nags Head. There are no auditions or fees to participate. They invite people interested in participating in this amateur volunteer ensemble to complete an online form so organizers can better prepare for the launch by going to:

For more information, please contact Leslie Erickson, DCS and DCYO teacher who is organizing the group:


Dare County Youth Orchestra (DCYO) is a non-profit founded as a financial supporter and active partner in Dare County Schools (DCS) string orchestra program. They are supported in part by grants from community organizations, donations and gifts. DCYO has supported string orchestra classes in our secondary schools since 2008, and in 2015 formed String Clubs in our elementary schools. There are currently well over 170 students participating in DCS orchestra programs, from Kitty Hawk to Manteo to Hatteras.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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