Orchestra ready for its “season”

Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead

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LRHS orchestra director Daniel Shafer (l) foresees a busy Spring.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS Orchestra students have had a busy start of the semester with conferences and Music Performance Assessments (MPAs).

Orchestra teacher Daniel Shafer is focused on preparing students for the busiest season of the year.

“We have a great cohesive group with higher work ethic, drive, and personality this year,” said Shafer. “We’re always striving to be great to keep up a tradition of excellence.”

LRHS Orchestra participated in the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) All-State Orchestra conference in Tampa, Florida on Jan 10-12. This prestigious conference showcased dedicated orchestra students from all over the state that prepared auditions at the beginning of the school year.

Senior violinist Lily Potter represented LRHS at the FMEA conference this year.

“It’s an honor to represent our school at All-State and we have been fortunate enough to send one or two students to All-State every year since I have been here [at LRHS],” explained Shafer.

LRHS also had the highest number of students perform at their most recent event, the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) District Solo and Ensemble MPA on Jan 25. Orchestra students who attended this event earned superior and excellent ratings for solo or small group performances prepared using very little class time over the past few months.

Those who earned superior also qualify to perform at the FOA State Solo and Ensemble MPA in the next few months.

Preparations are already in progress for students in the LRHS Camerata honors orchestra ensemble for FOA District Orchestra MPA at 5:30 p.m., on Feb. 20 at Braden River High School.

The ensemble will receive a rating based on their stage performance and their sight-reading abilities at this event. An overall superior rating will allow them to perform again at the FOA State Orchestra MPA in Tampa in April.

All LRHS Orchestra students have also began preparations for the Spring Concert on March 5 in the LRHS auditorium. This concert will be the second out of three concerts this year that showcase orchestra students from all levels.

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