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The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

Used with permission from Fiona Petrie.

Senior invited to All-National Symphony Orchestra Honor Ensemble

Elena Ortiz-Fishman November 30, 2021

Due to her dedication towards practicing the violin, senior Fiona Petrie said her efforts paid off. For the second time in a row, she has been awarded a high achievement for playing the violin. After being...

Seniors Alanna Franklin and Abby Meyer play the cello at the spring orchestra concert June 3. The concert took place outside of the school.

Orchestra holds sole concert of the year

Jacob Khabie June 5, 2021

Even after senior Sophie Yakes had finished her last orchestra concert, she said she struggled to recognize the finality of it. “There are so many good memories that I have in orchestra,” Yakes...

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.

Orchestra celebrates 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...

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.

Alumni join orchestra for winter concert

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...

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

Orchestra conducts Halloween concert

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)...

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.

Orchestra class begins on a high note

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...

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

A final note for orchestra

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...

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

Orchestra prepares for spring concert

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,”...

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.

Senior gets full ride for musical talent

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...

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.

Orchestra pushes through challenges, inspires students

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...

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

Orchestra looks forward to district festival

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...

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.

Orchestra prepares for biggest fundraising concert

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...

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