Wishing safe travels, best of luck and congratulations to the Mona Shores Chamber Orchestra.
Yesterday on their performances at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra District 7 Orchestra Festival at Grand Haven yesterday. They performed for a panel of four expert adjudicators who rated the groups in the five areas of Tone, Intonation, Rhythm, Interpretation, and Technique. The Concert Orchestra earned an Excellent rating.
Scheduling worked out yesterday that after the required material for the MSBOA Orchestra Festival the adjudicators came in and gratiously gave a mini session as the Chamber Orchestra as was playing their remaining pieces for their National Orchestra Festival performance this weekend.
The Chamber Orchestra is on their way now to National Orchestra Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The festival is one of the many events that takes place during the American String Teachers Association’s National Conference. Fewer than thirty school orchestras from the entire country have been selected to participate this year. Our orchestra is very excited to receive this invitation to perform on a national stage!
This is an incredible opportunity for our orchestra. After the Chamber Orchestra performs, they will receive feedback from the adjudicators and work directly with one of the clinicians in a hour long workshop. Chamber Orchestra members will also have the opportunity to attend the educational sessions associated with the National Conference.
Congratulations to the 7th grade, 8th grade, Concert, and Chamber Orchestras on their performances at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra District 7 Orchestra Festival at Grand Haven yesterday. Each group performed for a panel of four expert adjudicators who rated the groups in the five areas of Tone, Intonation, Rhythm, Interpretation, and Technique. The middle school groups and the Chamber Orchestra earned a Superior rating and the Concert Orchestra earned an Excellent rating. Well done!!
Saturday April 18, 2015, Michigan State Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District 7 held the Middle School Honors Band and Orchestra. Sixteen students, seven 7th graders and nine 8th graders participated in the day long event which culminated in a concert directed by Dr. John Blakemore and Mr. Brian Balmages. The MSBOA Honors Orchestra performed the world premiere of Mr. Balmages’ “Forever Joyful”, a work that was commissioned by MSBOA District 7 specifically for this event. Congratulations to our student performers: Ava Carr, Ava Crago, Katelyn Knowlson, Dakota Steinhauer, Joclyn Muchna, Kaylee Holman, Victoria Everet, Christy Shovan-Lee, Alexis Gerstenfeld, Patricia Lozen, Jason Fitzpatrick, Madison Cree, Jaiden Cuningham, Tommy Newman, Noah Kinnucan, and Eleanor Hopper
This week begins the back to school process with High School registration and Middle School Ports of Call. The MSOPA welcomes back orchestra students to a new school year, and also welcomes Mona Shores Alumn Mr. Nick Mosely as the new Middle School Orchestra Director. Mr. Mosely will be teaching Campbell and Lincoln Park 5th Grade Orchestra, 6th Grade Orchestra, & 8th Grade Orchestra.
Middle School: Ports of Call – Early Registration:
Tuesday, Aug. 19 – 6th grade
Wednesday, Aug. 20 – 7th/8th grade
9 am – noon ; 3 pm – 6 pm
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 4 pm – 6 pm
If you have more than one student, please bring them on the same day to save you time!
Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade orchestras for their performance on February 19 at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Associations District Seven Festival in Grand Haven. Each ensemble was judged in the categories of Tone, Intonation, Rhythm, Technique, and Interpretation on three prepared pieces, and also judged on their ability to sight read, playing a piece they had not seen before. Both groups earned an overall first division rating, meaning they had “A” grades in the categories mentioned . Great job Middle School Orchestra Students!