Tolsia High School students take part in ‘Music Career Counseling Program’ at WV Music Hall of Fame

By Matthew Young, RealWV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students from Tolsia High School in Wayne County traveled to Charleston Friday, to take part in the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s “Music Career Counseling Program.”

Designed as something of a “career day” for high schoolers, students are given the opportunity to interact with industry professionals about the opportunities within West Virginia’s booming music and entertainment industries.

Taking part in Friday’s panel discussion were WV Music Hall of Fame Director and longtime Mountain Stage guitarist Michael Lipton, Mountain Stage Associate Producer and bass player John Ingram, former Mountain Stage Producer and current 84 Agency Engagement Director Vasilia Scouras, Stage and Production Technician Jay Gilmer, and legendary singer/songwriter John Ellison, whose hit song “Some Kind of Wonderful” has been recorded by more than 70 artists worldwide.

Watch the full WV Music Hall of Fame “Music Career Counseling Program” on The RealWV’s YouTube channel.

The WVMHOF’s Music Career Counseling Program is funded by a 2015 Challenge America grant to address the out-migration of West Virginia’s young adults, and to counter the perception among students that they must leave the state in order to secure a viable career. The program is presented with financial assistance from The Jeanne G Hamilton and Lawson W Hamilton Jr Family Foundation Inc. 

To learn more about the Music Career Counseling Program, and other educational opportunities offered through the WV Music Hall of Fame, visit


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