Honors Orchestra opportunity for GCAA musicians: St. Louis Metro District 8

GCAA orchestra students are ever seeking opportunities to enrich their experience in Orchestra. One way we provide these enriching experience is by participating in Honors Orchestra opportunities such as St. Louis Metro District 8. The following is an article about District 8 and what all is involved.

What is District 8 Honors Orchestra?

St. Louis Metro District 8 is an Honors Orchestra that is open for audition to students in grades 8th-12th grade. Students must meet certain academic qualifications to be eligible to audition.

What’s the significance of being part of the orchestra?

The significance of being a part of this orchestra says that Grand Center Arts Academy is home to five of St. Louis’ top high school string players. This signifies that our program is exposing students to needed audition skills and practice habits that prepare them for adjudicated events and professional audition settings.

What are the expectations of the students?

Students can not miss one minute of rehearsal. If they are unable to live up to this agreement, they are not eligible to participate. Students are also expected to learn their parts before coming to rehearsals. Focuses in rehearsals are spent on the shaping of the music and the expressive message within the annotation.

What does it take to get an audition?

Students must receive their director’s approval, student and parent signatures stating that they will attend every minute of each rehearsal. Students also have a ten dollar entry fee. This year’s entry fees were paid by the instrumental department’s parent boosters club, I.M.P.A.C.T (Instrumental Music Parents Actively Contributing Together)

What instruments do the player’s play?

Maya Casaregola -11th grade-Violin

Jaylah Davis-Violin- 10th grade- Violin

Nicholas Baggett- 9th grade-Violin

Joerdan Carney -11th grade-Violin

Madeline Kaempfe-9th grade -Double Bass

Has GCAA been represented in the orchestra before?

Yes! In 2012 Joerdan Carney and Daniel Schmidt both represented our school.

What’s your role in their participation in the orchestra?

All directors from each representing school are expected to be present at every rehearsal and performance that the students are in. I will be assisting in tuning and supervision of any Honor Orchestra member.

What do you have to do to help them prepare for the concert on November 8th?  (Include concert time.)

Students will be given opportunities in the classroom to work in sectionals on the music.

The Honors Orchestra performance is on Saturday, November 8th at 6:00pm

Any other comments about the over-all experience in preparation of District 8 Honors Orchestra

St. Louis Metro District 8, as well as any other Honors/Auditioned ensemble, is a great way for our students to continue to push their limits and fly high with students as talented as and more talented than they! This experience is an essential for a meaningful and “bar-raising” experience that we are continuously striving to provide our students at GCAA. Students walk away from the overall experience enriched. This includes students that don’t make it pass the audition process. The simple act of going through the audition process of audition music preparation (which included music excerpts , and several scales), meeting application dead-lines, are all valuable lessons that every teacher wants to expose their students to.