Hitting the high notes

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After a strong performance in Seattle last month, the McNary High School orchestra will compete for the state title next Thursday, May 9. (Submitted)

After a strong performance in Seattle last month, the McNary High School orchestra will compete for the state title next Thursday, May 9. (Submitted)

 

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Here are a few of the things that the McNary High School orchestra achieved during its recent trip to the Seattle Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival April 18-21:

• The highest single score out of a festival adjudicator.

• A gold rating, the highest possible rating for their performance.

• A Maestro’s Award for a solo by Eric Palmer.

• A chance to compete for a state title in May 9 at Oregon State University.

For a program that has had few competition opportunities beyond the district level in almost five years, it’s what one might call “a major haul.”

“The hardest part was we had never performed on a stage like that before. We didn’t know what the sound was like and we had to focus in and focus on each other to get through it,” said McNary’s Emily Wade.

The orchestra performed three pieces in competition, Serenade for Strings by Edward Elgar, Carnavalito from Musica Argentina para Cuerdas by Gerardo di Giusto, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Third Movement in E Minor, said Celt Isaiah Holt.


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