The Wren High School Chamber Orchestra received a Superior rating for their performances of The Girl with the Flaxen Hair by Debussy and Palladio by Jenkins.
The Palmetto High School Orchestra and the Palmetto Middle School eighth-grade Orchestra combined received a Superior rating for their performance of Mozart Mix by Mozart/O’Reilly and Modal Festival by Marsh.
The sixth-grade Orchestra received a Good rating for its performances of Popsicle Polka by Croft and Bow Regard’s Parade by Caponegro. The seventh-grade Orchestra also received a Good rating for its performance of Strings Celebration by Murch and Classic Sinfonia by Del Borgo. Powdersville Middle School seventh-grade orchestra received an Excellent rating for its performances of El Toro by Don Brubaker and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 by Bach, arr. by Merle J. Isaac.
The Powdersville Middle eighth-grade orchestra received a Superior rating for their performances of Allegro in D for Strings by Vivaldi, arr. by Frackenpohl and Small Overture by Bob Mathews.
Adjudicators judge the performance based on factors including pitch, rhythm, tone, technique, balance, interpretation and stage presence.
Under the direction of strings teachers Candace Henry (Palmetto Middle, Palmetto High), Kathy Perry (Wren Middle, Wren High) and Heather Raffini (Powdersville Middle), the following orchestras participated: Wren High Chamber Orchestra, the Palmetto High School Orchestra and Palmetto Middle School sixth, seventh and eighth grade orchestras.
Students in Powdersville Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade orchestras also attended.
On March 19, students of all ages and playing abilities participated in the Anderson County End Pin Festival hosted by the Anderson One and Anderson Five orchestra teachers.
End Pin festival is a special event for students who play cello and bass in the string orchestra programs. They range from 5th grade to 12th grade.
Following a full day rehearsal, they presented the concert. The group was conducted by Brian Gencarelli, who is an orchestra teacher and bass player in the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) orchestra.
The festival was held at McCants Middle School.
Strings teacher Kathy Perry has been selected as the South Carolina All State Chairman for 2011-2012. This is a annual event in which selected students audition and perform at a state concert.
Anderson One is celebrating the 10th year of the strings program.
“Our strings program is outstanding,” Anderson One spokesperson Jane Harrison said. “Our teachers are excellent and have created a program that is creating wonderful musicians.
“The students and parents love the program and that is evident as year after year students continue in the program,” she said. “We are celebrating our 10th year and the community is invited to attend a special concert on May 12 at Palmetto High School at 7 p.m.”