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Orchestra prepares for biggest fundraising concert

Orchestra prepares for biggest fundraising concert

Samantha Klepfer

March 14, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

Orchestra director Kou Lee said the rock concert provides a unique opportunity for the orchestra members to get a professional experience.   “It's a huge fundraiser, and we only do this twice a year for our tours. On those tours, students get the opportunity not only to perform, but they get to work...

Sophomore composes musical, plays five instruments

Sophomore composes musical, plays five instruments

Samantha Klepfer

February 26, 2019


Filed under Student Profiles

According to sophomore Amara Foner, she has been learning music since she was 4 years old. “I play piano, cello, flute, viola and ocarina. I’ve been playing piano since I was 4, and I was 9 when I started cello,” Foner said. “I was 11 when I started flute; I started viola last year, and I sta...

Orchestra holds holiday gift wrapping

Samantha Klepfer and Tenzin Gyaldatsang

December 21, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

According to Orchestra director Kou Lee, the idea to hold a fundraiser in Barnes and Noble was started by Ms. Edgar. “That was set up before I got here, Ms. Edgar set that up a while ago so it’s been a thing,” Lee said. Freshman Thomas Hanson said the money made from the donations are use...

Orchestra looks forward to alumni concert

Orchestra looks forward to alumni concert

Samantha Klepfer

December 20, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

Orchestra director Kou Lee said the orchestra program’s upcoming alumni concert is significant, not just for orchestra, but for the music department in general. “It really builds the culture in St. Louis Park when you maintain that kind of connection because if you don’t have alumni’s who ret...

New orchestra conductor promotes growth

New orchestra conductor promotes growth

Sofie Geretz, Ethan Meisler

November 10, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

According to orchestra conductor Kou Lee, his longtime dream has been to be a teacher. “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, and I really love supporting people’s growth and helping people learn,” Lee said. Lee said he initially volunteered at Park but later decided to work at Park permanent...

All-Conference provides learning experiences

All-Conference provides learning experiences

David Bryant, Sofie Geretz, and Ethan Meisler

October 8, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

This year at All-Conference, schools selected students from band, orchestra and choir to prepare a concert in one day, according to the St. Louis Park High School 6425 News. Guest conductor Kyle Fleming said he enjoys seeing students discover their full musical potential. “There are fantastic students that b...

Orchestra ends year with spring festival

Orchestra ends year with spring festival

Samantha Klepfer

June 5, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

Senior violinist Justin Wilson said he has loved being a part of the orchestra program during high school. “I like Ms. Edgar, the people in (the program), I like playing the violin,” Wilson said. “Playing with the orchestra is fun. It gives me a nice break from homework and regular school stuf...

Orchestra builds community with district festival

Orchestra builds community with district festival

Samantha Klepfer

May 20, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

According to orchestra director Miriam Edgar, the orchestra district festival is an annual concert between all ages of the St. Louis Park orchestra program, from fourth grade to 12th grade. Senior bassist and violinist Jake Dempsey said the orchestra district festival is important because it fosters a...

Pit orchestra reflects on choir musical

Pit orchestra reflects on choir musical

Samantha Klepfer

April 25, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

According to sophomore and pit orchestra bassist Sam Sietsema, his favorite part of musicals is the bond formed among the group of people involved. “When you have a whole ensemble working together it’s not just the cast (but) it’s also the crew, and the pit, and the directors, all the parts wo...

Chamber participates in community musical

Chamber participates in community musical

Samantha Klepfer

April 14, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

According to sophomore cellist, Hannah Greenstein, a lot of work was put into preparing the musical, the "Wizard of Oz". “In chamber rehearsal we would practice the 'Wizard of Oz' music about once a week and that helped us get a feel for (it),” Greenstein said. “Over the last week we had ...

Orchestra travels to Hawaii

Orchestra travels to Hawaii

Samantha Klepfer

April 14, 2018


Filed under Student Life

On Thurs. March 22, orchestra, along with band, got on a plane bound for Honolulu, Hawaii. Senior bassist Joshua Somaiah said the group going to Hawaii met outside of school hours to prepare for the trip. “Practice-wise we (had) a lot of practice in class and we (didn’t take) any days off,” Somaiah sa...

Orchestra music library looks to increase variety

Orchestra music library looks to increase variety

Nietzsche Deuel

March 13, 2018


Filed under School clubs and activities

Wanting to be a better musician, senior chamber orchestra violist Katie Steiner said she believes the lack of fresh music holds her back. “New music is an even better experience for us to expand our regions,” Steiner said. “When you play the same things over and over it’s not getting you ...

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