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EHS students selected for Middle Level Honors Orchestra

Students selected for honore orchestra Jan. 8, 2020 – The Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association has selected five EHS freshman to be members of the Middle Level Honors Orchestra. The Orchestra consists of the best string players across the state in grades 7-9. It will perform during the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The students selected are (left to right): Ansel Erol, violin; Claire Chen, violin; Marcus Chen, cello; Julie Ben-Ozilio, violin; and Julia Kim, violin. The students will join the Orchestra for a one-day rehearsal at the University of Northwestern–St. Paul, followed by the performance.

More than 100 students from across Minnesota auditioned for the Middle Level Honors Orchestra. Each student was required to submit a three-step anonymous audition that was judged by two professional orchestra/string personnel.

Prior to Winter Break, the Grade 9 Repertory Orchestra hosted South View and Valley View middle school eighth grade orchestra students for a “donut rehearsal” (photo below). The 177 students held a mass rehearsal at EHS in preparation for a piece they will perform at the Winter Concert. The students then connected over a feast of more than 600 donut holes. Orchestra Director Kristine Weise said the rehearsal and the combined concert performance helps welcome students as they prepare to transition to the orchestra program at EHS next year.

 Mass group of orchestra students rehearsing together