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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

Sophomore Lyn Wingenbach plays the cello Nov. 27. Parks Chamber orchestra plays at Shalom Home on Dec. 15.

The Chamber has re-opened

Clara Bagne December 5, 2023

In preparation for Park’s Chamber Orchestra's first performance at the Shalom Home on Dec. 15, they are working hard to perfect their songs. This orchestra group only practices together twice a week...

Second hour choir sings Sept. 27. The choir class had to move to a classroom due to the construction on the school.

Moving Music

Jeremy Eichten October 1, 2023

Park is undergoing construction and renovations on the building this year, and there are a variety of changes that are being made to adjust to this construction. One of these changes is due to the music...

Parks orchestra preforms at Chaska High School Wednesday. The players set up and prepare to play some music Feb. 8.

Park orchestra treks up north

Jesse Belen February 14, 2023

Parks' orchestra went to Chaska High School Feb. 8, where they met a guest conductor who gave them tips on playing better. Afterwards, they visited the new Asia Mall in Eden Prairie for lunch and came...

Freshman Audrey Martin plays her violin at the orchestra concert December 15. This was their last concert before winter break.

Orchestra winter concert creates community

Ivan Zank and Charlotte Cox January 8, 2023

Park orchestra’s most recent concert on Dec. 15 focused on a holiday theme to celebrate the end of the year and the last concert before winter break. Orchestra teacher Kou Lee said he wanted to play...

Orchestra teacher Kou Lee tunes instrument for orchestra students. Orchestra is a string instrument elective at Park.

Orchestra strengthens community

Ivan Zank and Jesse Belen December 2, 2022

Before COVID-19, the orchestra would have an annual performance sometime during the winter season. Kou Lee, the orchestra teacher, said he has high hopes to bring back the performance.  “I’m planning...

Orchestra teacher Mr. lee leads the orchestra for Halloween themed concert. The Concert was held in the main gym on Oct. 28.

A symphony of success

Anya Panday November 7, 2022

Park’s orchestra played its first concert of the year Oct. 28. The main gym was filled with pumpkins, ghosts and a baby doll to set the mood for the Halloween themed concert. Orchestra students fittingly...

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...

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