EHS orchestra students selected for honors orchestra and inspire future students
Jan. 3, 2019 – Six Edina High School (EHS) freshmen have been selected by the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA) for the Middle Level Honors Orchestra. The orchestra consists of the best string players across the state in grades 7-9 and is scheduled to perform during the MMEA Midwinter Clinic on Feb. 16.
Over 150 students across Minnesota auditioned for the Middle Level Honors Orchestra. Each student was required to submit a three-step anonymous audition which was judged by two professional orchestra/string personnel. Sophie Klein (violin), Josefina Scozzari (viola), Lukas Oddsson (violin), Ananth Veluvali (cello), Olivia Sedarski (viola), and Liv Hackbarth (violin) will join the orchestra for a one-day rehearsal at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, followed by the performance at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
EHS Orchestra Director Kristine Wiese not only believes in the importance of students demonstrating their proficiency, but also wants her students to encourage future high school orchestra students. So on the day before winter break, her Grade 9 Repertory Orchestra hosted South View and Valley View middle school eighth grade orchestra students for a “donut rehearsal.” A total of 167 students came together for a mass rehearsal at EHS and practiced a combined piece that will be performed during the Winter Concert.
“This was wonderful way to introduce our students to the 9th grade orchestra program at EHS,” said Wiese. “What better way than to rehearse and perform side-by-side with someone who is currently going through the experience.”
After rehearsal, students connected with one another and refueled by devouring 600 donut holes. Wiese believes this event helped foster a welcoming environment during a time when she is encouraging the younger students to stay with orchestra as they transition to the high school next year. “It is important to me to build a trusting, safe and friendly enivronment with my 9th grade orchestra and this experience, during our recruiting efforts, mirrored exactly that,” Wiese said.