Orchestra auditions held for All Region

By Emma Medals | Features Editor

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Matthew Myers, Darren Carter, Hongyi Zhang, Sung Jung, Stephanie Bullard, Alice Chen, Dingjing Zhou, Yu-Heng Lai (Anderson)

All-Region Orchestra auditions were held on Oct. 10 at Berkner High School. Several students from Pearce’s Chamber and Philharmonic orchestras went through the extensive audition process.

“Some students from Philharmonic took the challenge and worked extra hard,” Assistant Orchestra Director Kaitlin Teske-Gallman said.

Students in Philharmonic Orchestra are not required to audition, however everyone in Chamber Orchestra is.

On Oct. 10, those auditioning went to Berkner to audition in front of judges. Those judges consisted of orchestra directors from around the area.

The students who made All Region are sophomores Darren Carter, DingJing Zhou, Hongyi Zhang, Yu-Heng Lai, Sung Jung and Alice Chen for violin, junior Stephanie Bullard for viola and senior Matthew Myers for bass. Sophomore Barbara Barman was also selected as an alternate for viola.

“Region is a very daunting process,” Orchestra Director Melissa Livings said.

Select students performed excerpts from the audition music at the first orchestra concert on Oct. 8.

“If they can survive this, they can make it through Region,” Mrs. Livings said.

The music that Region is planning to play this year include American Salute by Morton Gould, Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, and several etudes, or short excerpts, by various composers. Everyone in the Chamber Orchestra, as well as anyone taking Honors Orchestra, was required to learn the music and audition.

Many students worked long and hard in order to make it into Region. Those efforts proved valuable in the end.

“Even though I practiced really hard, I still got 39th chair out of 40,” sophomore Alice Chen said.

For the students who made into Region, now they have to work with those selected from other schools to put together the music for future performances. For a few, the task continues with auditions for All-State Orchestra, which involves harder music.

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