Leon County String Players Selected for FMEA All State Orchestra

By: Florida Music Educators Association Email
By: Florida Music Educators Association Email

News Release: Florida Music Educators Association

Leon County string players were well represented again this year with sixteen musicians selected to perform in the Florida All State Orchestras as part of the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) annual Professional Development Conference to be held in January in Tampa, FL.

There are three All State Orchestras as well as three Honors Orchestras for which the Leon String players auditioned. Young players from all over the state record a taped audition that is judged by a panel that selects the orchestra members. Given that there are limited numbers of players in each of the orchestras, the finalists represent the very best string players in Florida; being selected is a great honor.

The twelve Leon County students selected for the FMEA All State Orchestras are:

Middle School Orchestra (grades 7-8):

Odessa Deng (violin; Deerlake), Julia Jin (violin; Deerlake), Erin Kim (violin: Deerlake), Tekla Mendez (violin: Big Bend Co-op), Claire Thaler (violin; Deerlake), and Michelle White (viola: Deerlake).

Concert Orchestra (grades 9-10):

Claudia Edwards (violin; Big Bend Co-op), and Veronique Shaftel (violin; Chiles).

Symphony Orchestra (grades 11-12):

Delaney Ding (violin; Chiles), Joseph Miller (cello; Chiles), Raiden Thaler (viola; Chiles), and Kayla Williams (viola; Chiles).

Additionally, four students were selected to perform in the FMEA High School Honors Orchestras:
Avonlea Geisbert (violin; FSUS), Cami Young (violin, Leon), Joella Mosley (viola; FSUS), and Delaney Watson (cello; FSUS)

This strong showing from Leon County is a testimony to the combined efforts of our public schools’ commitment to the arts, our community’s private music teachers, the cultural and educational institutions that support music in our area, and the dedication these of students and families to their music studies.

For more information about the FMEA All State Orchestras, contact Florida Orchestra Association District Chair, Chris Miller, at foadistrict2-3@myfoa.org.

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