With registration for the 2018-2019 school year coming up, Mustangs Ahead staff Adina Mayo and Karen Rudd dive into the world of electives to answer the question: What electives should students take?

Adina Mayo and Karen Rudd – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The music program at LRHS has three levels of Orchestra: Symphonic Strings, Campus Orchestra and the Lakewood Camerata, formerly known as Chamber Orchestra. Daniel Shafer teaches all these three classes.

To take Symphonic Strings, students must have been in their middle school orchestra and have at least one year of experience on a stringed instrument. However, there have been exceptions in the past for students dedicated to learning the necessary skills.

Students can then take Campus Orchestra, which is the second level of the program. It requires students to have at least two years of experience on their string instrument.

Sophomore Morgan DeGlopper is currently in the Campus Orchestra and plays the cello.

“I really like when we do sectionals because we get to practice our music with the people who play the same instrument,” said DeGlopper. “It helps us figure out what needs more work.”

Lakewood Camerata is the highest and more selective orchestra at LRHS. This course requires students to have at least two years of experience on their string instrument and requires an audition.

Senior Cyprus Potter plays the violin in the Lakewood Camerata.

“Everything is a different learning experience. At school, I get to teach others and learn other skills, like balancing multiple tasks in a period of time,” commented Potter.

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