Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Orchestra program excelled at the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) District Music Performance Assessment (MPA) on Thursday, March 15 at 5:25 and 8:30 p.m. at Manatee High School (MHS).
The Concert Orchestra and the Lakewood Camerata (small chamber orchestra) performed at this event to be adjudicated by a panel of judges on a few pieces from their repertoire.
Afterwards, they performed a brand-new piece for the first time (called sight reading), and Lakewood Camerata performed a piece conducted by grade eleven student John Lin.
The judges rated the students based on a combined score of their stage performance, sight reading, and student conducting.
Concert Orchestra received an excellent rating for their stage performance and a superior rating for sight reading, leading to an excellent overall rating.
Lakewood Camerata received straight superior ratings in every category. This means they get to move on to the FOA State MPA at the end of April.
“I’m excited for states. It’s always fun to hang out with the whole orchestra. I went last year, and we got straight excellents. I’m always very proud of the orchestra and the work we do,” said senior Lauren Parent from Lakewood Camerata.
The LRHS Orchestra program has had a very successful year and hopes to continue the great work at the State MPA.