History

The orchestra program was founded in 1986. The high school orchestras, under the direction of Timothy Staudacher, have performed at music festivals and conferences not only in their home state of Michigan, but also throughout the United States including Smoky Mountain Music Festival (1998 – Overall Winner, 1995 – First Division Winner); Magic Music Days at Disney World Florida (2000); Midwest Music Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, (2000, 2001, and 2005); American String Teachers Association National Orchestra Festival in Detroit, Michigan, (2007- Fifth Place in the String Orchestra Division); Michigan Music Conference Performing Ensemble (2008). The high school orchestras have consistently earned first division ratings each year in Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District Festivals. The orchestra began touring internationally in 2000, with a trip to The Czech Music Camp for Youth near Prague in the Czech Republic. The group has since traveled to and performed in China (2005), Ireland and England (2008) and most recently to Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria in June 2012, under the direction of current middle school orchestra director, Kelly De Rose. Timothy Staudacher also founded the Mona Shores Fiddlers (MSF), an extra curricular alternative styles ensemble, which performs throughout the Muskegon community, including at the Michigan Irish Music Festival.[3] The MSF hosts an annual Fiddle Fest in November which has featured guests artist including Detour, Barrage, Finvarra’s Wren, and The Moxie Strings.

In 2011, Timothy Staudacher retired. Samer Jeroudi continued the tradition and high standards of the Mona Shores High School Orchestra from 2011-2013. Kelly DeRose has directed the Middle School Orchestras from 2002 and in 2014 she has assumed the role as Mona Shores High School Orchestra Director and the 7th Grade Orchestra. In 2014 Nick Mosely is directing the remaining Middle School Orchestras and Middle Fiddles.

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