Congratulations is order for a few Mona Shores Orchestra Members for some outstanding performing and excelling in some extraordinary opportunities.

GVSU Leadership Day
Malachi Karppinen (Sophomore, Viola), Vega Goorma (Sophomore, Violin), and Ezekiel Kinney (Sophomore, Violin)

Grand Valley String Leadership Day: Chamber Orchestra members Malachi Karppinen (Sophomore, Viola), Vega Goorma (Sophomore, Violin), and Ezekiel Kinney (Sophomore, Violin) participated in GVSU String Leadership Day on Saturday, October 17. These performers were nominated by Mrs. De Rose and selected by the Grand Valley music staff to participate based on their potential for leadership and their previous musical accomplishments. The daylong workshop culminated in an evening concert directed by Raphael Jimenez from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Malachi, Vega, and Ezekiel represented Mona Shores well!


Isabel Grace (Junior, Violin) and Abbe Grevious (Junior, Violin)

Meyer Music All-Star Orchestra: The Meyer Music All- Star Orchestra took place on Saturday, November 21, at Otsego High School. One hundred and seventy three students from eighty seven different schools participated in the All-Star ensembles. Students were nominated by their directors based on their musical talent and their demonatration of leadership skills and work ethic. Abbe Grevious and Isabel Grace, both junior and violinists in the Chamber Orchestra, represented Mona Shores. Abbe and Isabel had the opportunity to work with Mr. Bruce Uchimura, professor of Music at Western Michigan University and perform an concert under his direction at the conclusion of the day. We are proud of you Abbe and Isabel!

Debut Strings:  Congratulations to Kyle Liddle (7th Grade, Bass Player) on his performance Sunday, November 22nd, in the Debut Strings Concert at The Block. Debut Strings is an ensemble of middle school students established by the educational outreach arm of the West Michigan Symphony under the direction of Angela Corbin (North Muskegon Orchestra Director). Any player with at least two years of experience is eligible to audition.

Michigan School Band and Orchestra All-State Middle School Orchestra: Congratulations to 8th grade violist Kelly Avila on her acceptance to the Michigan School Band and Orchestra All-State Middle School Orchestra. Kelly auditioned on October 30 along with nearly 2000 other top performing musicians throughout the state. This is the second year in a row that Kelly has been selected for the group. The All-State Middle School Orchestra will perform during the 11th Annual Michigan Music Conference in DeVos Hall on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

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