Blue Lake Masterworks Orchestra

Nicholas Tyler (Cello) and Ezekiel Kinney (Violin)

Today the Blue Lake Masterworks Orchestra perform Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”, directed by John Riegel at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. The 80+ member symphony had three of our Mona Shores High School Orchestra members: Ezekiel Kinney (Violin), Anna Tardani (Viola), and Nicholas Tyler (Cello).

Ezekiel, Anna, and Nicholas have spent these last two weeks at camp preparing for this amazing performance. Based on the photo taking, hugs goodbye, and introductions to parents after the performance,  it appeared many new friendships and great memories were made.

Our apologies to Anna.  The photos of Anna on stage did not turn out and we missed her after the show to get her in the group picture.


First Muskegon Street Performers

Fiddlers at the first Muskegon Street Performers
Fiddlers at the first Muskegon Street Performers

The Fiddlers could not have ordered up a better night for the first ever Muskegon Street Performers, sunny in the mid 70’s!! The Fiddlers took control of the SW corner of the Muskegon Farmers Market with some limited dancing from the Country Fresh Dairy Cow, many passerby’s, and large groups in the shade enjoying the show.

The Fiddlers set was bitter sweet, it was the last performance for our graduated seniors. The Fiddlers dusted off some old tunes we had not heard in awhile and some new arrangements to this years set list.  You can check out our Facebook page for a couple audio samples of last night set.

If you missed last night Fiddler set you will have a few more opportunities later this summer. The Fiddlers are in transition now as our Class of 2016 leaves and our incoming freshmen join but you will be able to catch them with their new look and sound later this summer at Sparta Irish Fest, Roosevelt Park Days, and Michigan Music Irish Fest.

2016 High School Spring Concert and Awards

Seniors at the end of Finale
Seniors at the end of Finale from Symphony No. 45

The 2016 High School Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony was an amazing show. Mrs. DeRose said “The concert is bittersweet. The 8th grade orchestra sounds great, I can’t wait to work with them. The seniors are such amazing group of people I am sad to see them go but excited for them as they leave Mona Shores.”

8th Grade Orchestras
8th Grade Orchestras

Mr. Mosley’s Eighth Grade Orchestra open the concert with Richard Meyer’s Geometric Dances.

Concert Orchestras
Concert Orchestras

The Mrs. DeRose’s High School Concert Orchestra took the stage starting the evening musical theme of Tributes. They played Andrew Dabcynski’s arrangement of An Armed Forces Tribute, Jon Williams The Olympic Spirt, and a Beatles Melody.

Mona Shores Fiddlers
Mona Shores Fiddlers
Greg Beaudoin introducing Amran nut de Caerlaverock
Greg Beaudoin introducing Amran nut de Caerlaverock

The Mona Shores Fiddlers played two tunes. One original piece Amran nut de Caerlaverock by our own Greg Beaudoin. This piece was first performed by the Fiddlers at 2016 Collage Concert but tonight we got the touching explanation on how Amran nut de Caerlaverock is a tribute to his family. The Fiddlers finished night with a new version of Jackie Tar.

Symphonic Orchestra
Symphonic Orchestra

The Symphonic Orchestra continued the tribute theme with John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and a Tribute To John Williams adapted by Paul Lavender.  Tribute To John Williams was accompanied with a video arranged by Mr. Dave Droski and Jacob gravel.

Combined Orchestra performing Finale from Symphony No 45
Combined Orchestra performing Finale from Symphony No 45

The Combined Orchestras played Franz Hayden’s The Finale from Symphony No 45, arranged by Richard Meyer with the musicians turn off their stand lights when leaving the stage as they played leaving only the Seniors at the end.

2016 Senior Strings
2016 Senior Strings

The Senior Strings presented some touching gifts to Mrs. DeRose and performed Jupiter From The Planets by Gustav Holst, arr. Deborah Baker Monday.

2015-2016 Awards:

National Orchestra Award: Dale Liddle

Directors Award: Margaret Henrikson

Outstanding Fiddler Award: Greg Beaudoin

MSBOA Scholar Musician Award: Paul Young

Edquist Memorial Fund Scholarship Awards: Dale Liddle, Emily Morris, & Paul Young

Senior Strings:

Ezekiel Clark – 2008-2016

Margaret Henrikson – 2008-2016

Dale Liddle – 2008-2016

Emily Morris – 2009 – 2016

Shelby Sikes – 2008-2016

Paul Young – 2008-2016

Senior Winds:

Madalyn Bacon – 2015-2016

Matthew Farmer – 2015-2016

Madison LaDuke – 2015-2016

Noah Sowles – 2014-2016

Hayley Towers – 2012 – 2016

Exchange Student: Kako Nishiyama – 2015-2016

Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association


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