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Orchestra prepares for spring concert

Orchestra prepares for spring concert

Samantha Klepfer, Izzy Kanne, and Carly Joseph

May 20, 2019


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As junior bassist Mitchell VonEschen looks forward to his first spring concert, he reflects on the preparation the orchestra has been doing for the performance. “We are practicing our songs in class,” VonEschen said. “I think it will be good.” According to orchestra director Kou Lee, the cl...

Senior gets full ride for musical talent

Senior gets full ride for musical talent

Carly Joseph

May 10, 2019


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For his notable achievements with the violin, senior Emmett Foner said he was awarded a full ride to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While he was not originally set on going to Eau Claire, he said he is very excited for the opportunity. “I was planning on going to Iowa State University, b...

Orchestra pushes through challenges, inspires students

Orchestra pushes through challenges, inspires students

Samantha Klepfer, Izzy Kanne, and Carly Joseph

April 30, 2019


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As junior violinist Yoni Potter looks back on his third District Festival, he said despite some difficulties, the experience was just as fun as previous years. “One of our soloists couldn’t make it so somebody had to substitute for her,” Potter said. “It was also kind of stressful because we d...

Orchestra looks forward to district festival

Orchestra looks forward to district festival

Samantha Klepfer, Carly Joseph, and Izzy Kanne

April 17, 2019


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  Orchestra director Kou Lee reflects on the orchestra’s preparation for the district festival. “I think it's a culture. Music is part of being human; it’s part of our lives and just having the district festival helps create that culture, that part of our life. In a sense, it creat...

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

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