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Orchestra celebrates Women’s History Month

Used with permission from Kou Lee.  Conductor and composer Erika Svanoe conducts the 4th hour orchestra class March 9. Svanoe was invited to speak and practice with the orchestra in honor of Women’s History Month.

Ruthie Posada, Writer

March 12, 2020

According to orchestra director Kou Lee, he invited composer and conductor Erika Svanoe to come speak and practice with the orchestra to inspire his students. “I invited her today because she is not only a composer but a female conductor and it’s a field where it’s mostly dominated by men, so ...

Alumni join orchestra for winter concert

Junior Iris Wallestad smiles while playing the violin during the orchestra concert Dec. 19. The orchestra played an array of different music to showcase their abilities.

Kate Schneider

December 20, 2019

Junior Alanna Franklin said she enjoyed the alumni coming back to play at the concert Dec. 19 so she could see some familiar faces again and learn from those she hadn’t met before. “I thought it was really cool, especially because I was classmates with some of them. Then there was older peopl...

Orchestra conducts Halloween concert

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

November 7, 2019

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 a...

Orchestra class begins on a high note

Freshman Meshach Mandel pulls his bow across the strings on his violin during third hour Sept. 20. Orchestra is working toward its Halloween concert Oct. 30.

Sofie Geretz

September 29, 2019

According to senior and violin player Ella Hammerstrand, she is excited for the upcoming year of orchestra, primarily the music she gets to play. “Mr. Lee always picks really good music, so I'm excited for that. I really liked the songs (for this year),” Hammerstrand said. Orchestra teacher ...

A final note for orchestra

Senior Greta Long plays the cello in a cello quintet at the last Orchestra concert of the year June 3.

Samantha Klepfer, Carly Joseph, and Izzy Kanne

June 7, 2019

As senior violinist Estelle Tronson looks back on her orchestra career, she remembers the relationships that grew from her time in the program. “I made some of my best friends through orchestra so I’m going to really miss all the people there. I also just really love music in general,” Tronson...

Orchestra prepares for spring concert

Freshman Thomas Hanson plays bass during orchestra practice May 9. Orchestra is practicing in preparation for its spring concert May 30.

Samantha Klepfer, Izzy Kanne, and Carly Joseph

May 20, 2019

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

Emmett Foner plays the violin during his orchestra class May 2. Foner was awarded a full ride scholarship to the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

Carly Joseph

May 10, 2019

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

Freshmen Mathea Bruns and Thomas Hanson play the bass at the orchestra concert April 18. The next orchestra concert will be the spring concert held May 30.

Samantha Klepfer, Izzy Kanne, and Carly Joseph

April 30, 2019

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

Junior Hilda Habia bows up her violin during class April 10. Practices are in preparation for orchestra's upcoming performance April 18.

Samantha Klepfer, Carly Joseph, and Izzy Kanne

April 17, 2019

  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

Freshman Renee McSherry is playing the cello during her fourth hour orchestra class. The SLP High School Orchestra is having their rock concert at 7 p.m. Mar.14 .in the high school auditorium.

Samantha Klepfer

March 14, 2019

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 Amara Foner plays the viola at Orchestra practice Friday the 15th. This is one of six instruments that she plays as well as composing the score for a musical.

Samantha Klepfer

February 26, 2019

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

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...

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