Students participate in honor orchestra
March 17, 2003
Ten students from the Lake Tahoe Unified School District elementary schools and South Tahoe Middle School on Jan. 25 participated in the California Music Educators Association Capitol Section Honor Orchestra at Sacramento High School.
Elementary students who show ability and dedication are invited to attend by Candace Robinson, string specialist for LTUSD. This year, four fifth-graders attended. They are Marisa Eddy and Briana Rutherdale, violinists; Alex Barksdale, cellist; and Otto Trebotich, bassist. Six violin students from STMS also attended. They are Noah Arzio, Samantha Barksdale, Ashley Bennett, Neil Crosby, Faye-Marie Pekar and Areina Thomas.
The Honor Orchestra is an intense one-day workshop. Students check in at 8:30 a.m. and attend rehearsals until noon. Following a lunch break the students attend another 1 1/2-hour rehearsal and then set up for a 3 p.m. concert that is performed for families and friends.
Students benefit from being able to work with different conductors who are invited by CMEA each year. Three conductors are chosen to conduct the elementary, middle school and high school honor orchestras. Each of the three orchestras has up to 100 students participating and they get to enjoy the “big sound” that only a large orchestra can make. The students also are able to compare their abilities with other students from the Sacramento region.
The LTUSD string program has tripled in size over the past four years and the opportunities for students to participate in these events will increase as the program matures with these talented students continuing their music education through high school.