Superior Ratings at District VI Solo and Small Ensemble Festival earned by Orchestra Students!

Although the District VI Solo & Small Ensemble Festival was held virtually this year, students still prepared well, and all earned superior ratings! The students’ Orchestra Director and coach is Jennifer Barrus. She states, “These students were willing to work for over 6 months to learn and refine their pieces for this level of competition. I am very proud of each of them for their dedication and talent which they have developed! It is such a wonderful experience for them to perform at this level; they learn so much both musically and personally by collaborating with their peers.” Students will advance to the State Solo & Small Ensemble Competition in May.

Brendon Wheeler performed a viola solo, “Romance Oubliee”, by Franz Lizst. He was accompanied on the piano by Mark Seare.

Saydee Bruce performed “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens on the double bass. She was accompanied on the piano by Brendon Wheeler.

The Sugar-Salem String Trio, consisting of members Julianna Barrus- violin, Jenasis Blaser – violin, and Brendon Wheeler – viola, performed the first movement of the “Serenade” Opus 12 by Zoltan Kodaly.

The Sugar-Salem String Quintet, consisting of members Addie Dalling – violin, Abby Ricks – violin, Micah Maughan – viola, Cassidy Cureton – cello, and Richard Niederer – double bass, performed the “Overture to the Messiah” by George Frederic Handel.

Congratulations to these talented students and good luck to all of them as they prepare for the state competition in May!

These students will perform their pieces during the High School Orchestra’s “Movie Night” Pre-Show on both May 25 & 26 at 7 p.m. in the High School Commons. The “Movie Night” Concerts will follow at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium featuring all Orchestra Students in grades 6-12. In addition, all Sinfonietta Orchestra members will be performing Small Ensemble pieces during this event. Tickets will be $7 and Dessert will be served.