Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- An LRHS Orchestra student was chosen to participate in the 2018 Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) All-State Orchestra Conference from Jan. 11 to 13 at the Tampa Convention Center.
According to the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) website, each year orchestra students have the opportunity to audition for one of three All-State orchestras based on their grade levels. Several students auditioned to be part of the ensemble in September, and Mustang senior violinist Cypress Potter succeeded.
“Everyone that’s there had to go through the audition process too, so when you finally get there, it’s like everyone wants to be there and wants to try,” said Potter.
At the conference she re-auditioned for placement in the ensemble. Afterwards, she had a 12-hour long rehearsal followed the next day by a 10-hour long rehearsal to prepare for the performance at the FMEA Convention on the final night.
“The conductor was great at communicating the direction they wanted for the concert and prepared us very well, so I was very excited,” added Potter. This was her fifth and final year participating in All-State.
“Every year they put on a great show. These students always put a lot of hard work into this [conference] and it shows at the performance,” said LRHS orchestra teacher Daniel Shafer. “The concert was great as expected from an All-State group.”
The FMEA Convention is one of the most important music education events of the year in the state. There were over a hundred students in the ensemble and over a thousand music teachers from all around the state attended the concert.