Tallahassee, Florida – November 3, 2012
One hundred and twenty middle and high school students from area schools will soon be spending some intensive rehearsal time together. Beginning Thursday, November 1, these string players will be practicing for the first Leon All-County Orchestra Festival. Following three days of concentrated rehearsals, these talented young musicians will perform in a free concert for the community.
Sponsored by Leon County Schools, the All-County Orchestra Festival will feature string players (violin, viola, cello, and bass) who were nominated by their individual orchestra directors to participate. Chris Miller is the director of the Chiles High School Orchestras, as well as the Music Director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras, and he initiated this idea to further enhance the musical opportunities for our area youth.
“With the growth of orchestra programs in the Tallahassee area schools, the need has arisen for a rehearsal and performance festival similar to those traditionally held by mature band and choral programs,” Miller explains. “This type of festival provides a more challenging performance opportunity for the many high-achieving orchestra students in our area.” Miller adds that the higher performance goals result in greater learning opportunities and a more meaningful experience for the students.
The three days of rehearsal and the final concert will feature two conductors. Kevin Ray, Orchestra Director at Durham Middle School, Acworth, GA, will conduct the middle school orchestra. The high school orchestra will be conducted by Ed Kawakami, a doctoral student at FSU and Conductor of Big Bend Community Orchestra and the TYO Symphony Orchestra.
The final concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at Chiles High School Performing Arts Center, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane in Tallahassee. Admission is free.