Orchestra conducts Halloween concert

Students and teacher reflect on performance


Carissa Prestholdt

Junior violinist Ellen Payne plays violin during class 3rd hour. Band performed its Halloween concert Oct. 30 at St. Louis Park High School.

Sofie Geretz

According to orchestra teacher Kou Lee, orchestra’s Halloween concert Oct. 30 turned out to be one of the best concerts in a long time.

“Other people said that was the best the orchestra has (sounded) in a while, so I thought (the students) played very well,” Lee said.

According to senior and violin player Yoni Potter, the students played pieces relating to the theme of the concert.

“The orchestra concert was a lot of fun. We we did a bunch of pieces for Halloween and some other fun pieces. We had a great time,” Potter said.

Lee said the students need to improve their song expression, making the performance more enjoyable for the audience.

“(The students need to work on) making it clear for the audience (to) see the escalation and phrasing (of the music). They’re doing that very well already, but it still needs a little bit of improvement because it shapes the music more,” Lee said.

According to Lee, the students prepared for the concert by doing different exercises and constantly rehearsing their songs for the performance.

“(Students prepared) by just implementing different exercises throughout the year for them to do and just rehearsing,” Lee said.

Potter said that students are working through musical pieces both with and without class.

“We’re doing lots of practicing in and out of class,” Potter said. “We’re doing a lot of practicing in sectionals, that’s with our individual sections of instruments.”

According to Potter, the next concert for orchestra is the alumni concert.

“The next concert is the alumni concert. Everybody should come. I believe it’s on December 19,” Potter said.