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CCSD Honor Orchestras highlight talent and dedication of student musicians

Preston Thomas was a little apprehensive about being a first-time member of the Cherry Creek School District Honor Orchestra.

“At first I was nervous about playing with other kids who had been in Honor Orchestra before,” said Thomas, an eighth-grader who plays cello at Falcon Creek Middle School. “But when we started playing, we just made beautiful music together.”

Creating beautiful music is one of the primary purposes of the CCSD Honor Orchestra program, which brings together the best middle and high school orchestra members from across the district. This year, 89 middle school musicians and 58 high school musicians were selected for the program through a competitive audition process.

“The Honor Orchestra program seeks to challenge students by immersing them in an intensive, two-day rehearsal and performance experience, guided by expert clinicians,” said Royce Ehrle, the orchestra teacher at Falcon Creek Middle School.

This year’s clinicians included Anne Paulu, an orchestra teacher at Centennial Middle School in Boulder. She is also a member of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and a freelance violinist in the Denver area. She worked with the middle school students, while the high school students worked with clinician Gary Lewis. He is the Director of Orchestras and a Professor of Music in the College of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic and has appeared with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Ballet and many other orchestras across the country.

The clinicians worked with the students for two days, helping them improve their technique and deepen their musical understanding. They worked on a challenging repertoire, which included Beethoven’s Adagio Cantabile from Pathetique Sonata for the middle school orchestra and Verdi’s Nabucco Overture for the high school orchestra.

“It was a great experience,” Thomas said. “We played challenging pieces and it gave me a boost as far as what I’m thinking for high school. I want to challenge myself to learn different finger positions and different pieces of music.”

After two days of rehearsal, the Honor Orchestras performed in a concert held on January 19 at Smoky Hill High School. The concert was a celebration of the students’ talent, dedication and potential, both on and off stage.

“Artistic excellence is achieved by combining the best instrumentalists with their peers from across the district, working toward a common goal of a sparkling performance and encouraging the students to assume leadership roles at their schools,” Falcon Creek’s Ehrle said.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 Cherry Creek Schools Honor Orchestra members!

Middle School Honor Orchestra
Violin I
Tesneem Barakat, Thunder Ridge
Grace Bennett, Thunder Ridge
Caroline Daly, Horizon
Kristine Do, Falcon Creek
Ethan Hao, West
Julie Kang, Campus
Nathan Kawamoto, West
Sally Kim, Prairie
Billie Koehler, Liberty
Shulammite Michael, Horizon
Giovanni Migliaccio, West
Rachael Moon, Campus
Michelle Moon, Campus
Sanjana Pandey, Laredo
Alvin Park, Laredo
Laila Shekarchian, Falcon Creek
Janie Shin, Thunder Ridge
Yuki Ueta, Campus
Reema Wagh, Liberty
Bethany Zeller, Thunder Ridge

Violin II
Bhavana Chauhan, Liberty
Taylor Cramer, Laredo
Keily Cruz, Prairie
Maya Friedlander, Campus
Sylvia Goodman, Thunder Ridge
Seoyeon Hur, Falcon Creek
Maura Hurley, Thunder Ridge
Danielle Jung, West
Ananya Kashyap, Liberty
Lydia King, Falcon Creek
Edith Kronberg, West
Snigdha Kumar, Fox Ridge
Bailey Lowell, Fox Ridge
Melodie Nekoorad, West
Bella Perrin, Liberty
Jessica Shungu, Laredo

Savanna Becker, Thunder Ridge
Riley Bullock, Laredo
Jonas Cummings, Horizon
Naomi Curry, Laredo
Elijah Dunning, Liberty
Kiki Ho, Liberty
Marissa Khan, Falcon Creek
Daria Koldabtsov, Prairie
Angela Lee, Liberty
Tiernan Little, Horizon
Noah Meyerhoff, Campus
Mia Nelson, Falcon Creek
Annabelle Romps, Campus
Andrew Rupeka, Fox Ridge
Jaylyn Ryu, Laredo
Savannah Sherrer, Falcon Creek
William Smith-Daigle, Fox Ridge
Jenna Sorg, West
Abbie Straughn, Thunder Ridge
Nako Thong, Prairie

Isabella Arvenitis, Laredo
Samuel Bennett, Thunder Ridge
Sidney Chang, Laredo
Charlotte Gelwick, Fox Ridge
Ronan Goodline, Thunder Ridge
Matthew Ha, Campus
Isabelle Howard, Falcon Creek
My Huynh, Liberty
Seneca Iniguez-Ramirez, Prairie
Nya Johnson, Horizon
Jaydon Kim, West
Ellie Korn, Falcon Creek
Celia Lafferty, Prairie
Madison Li, West
Adam McGuire, Liberty
Ella Miller, Laredo
Anthony Park, Campus
Zackery Price, Fox Ridge
Claire Robertson, Liberty
Aiden Schaffino, Horizon
Margaret Szalaj, West
Preston Thomas, Falcon Creek
Ethan Zhang, Campus

Double Bass
Levi Belnap, Thunder Ridge
Breanna Bowers, Fox Ridge
Jason Hoang, Prairie
McKenna Hockabout, Fox Ridge
Josephina Matibag, Prairie
Nathaniel Perla, West
Trevor Preuss, Fox Ridge
Symphony Schell, Fox Ridge
Nadira Soure, Prairie
Amelia Williams, Laredo

High School Honor Orchestra
Violin I
Ella Baytok, GHS
Angelina Blanco, GHS
Jasmine Choi, CTHS
Daina Estus, GHS
Ellie Greyson, CCHS
Pyeongan Gu, OHS
Chan Hong, SHHS
Alexis Lee, SHHS
Alexandra Olson, CCHS
Jordan Park, GHS
Sebastian Ruterbories, OHS
Brooke Schutte, SHHS
Mia Szalaj, CCHS
Anna Wells, CTHS

Violin II
Argudit Chauhan, GHS
Lisa El Miladi, OHS
Christine Hwang, GHS
Ema Jessen, CCHS
Meena Kim, GHS
Crystal Lee, GHS
MaryEllen Morton, CTHS
Melody Nwagwu, GHS
Brayden Park, GHS
Joshua Ramirez, EHS
Caitlyn Silvester, CTHS
Rishi Wagh, GHS
Andrew Walkowicz, GHS
Van Winter, OHS

Hayden Belnap, EHS
Alliyah Chambers, SHHS
Christian Charles, GHS
Emily Drago, SHHS
Amanda Farley, OHS
Madeline Ford, CCHS
Annalise Gray, SHHS
Lucy Herrick, CTHS
Sarah Kim, SHHS
Aaryn Mathias, GHS
Haerim Irene Park, GHS
Asher Smith, EHS
Samuel Wersch, OHS

Camilla Chiu, CTHS
Kaylah Curry, SHHS
Isabel Dalmer, GHS
Shani DeVall, GHS
Zoe Fiedler, GHS
Sanghee Kim, OHS
Jesse Molina, SHHS
Janna Novak, CTHS
Sophia Park, CTHS
Elise Poulin, SHHS
Elena Simpson, OHS
Kayla Suh, GHS

Double Bass
Ryan Auld, SHHS
Noah Kellogg, CTHS
Paul Marshall, CCHS
Oscar Mavila, CTHS
Tavin Polly, EHS
Christopher Weidner, SHHS

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