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Supporting Symphonies: Orchestra Feature

Supporting Symphonies: Orchestra Feature

It’s well-known that Science Hill has its own orchestra. Students gather daily in the auditorium to rehearse their music, forming close bonds that make their orchestra peers feel like a second family. Like any extracurricular activity, orchestra holds significant importance in the lives of its participants. Playing a musical instrument has scientifically proven benefits, enhancing motor skills, memory, and more.

Yet, beyond the academic benefits, what makes orchestra impactful for students?

“Orchestra has been a guiding light throughout my high school journey. It allows me to escape the stress of academics and daily life, focusing on the beauty of music. Together with my friends, we create wonderful concerts and music—it’s my favorite part of the day,” shares Josephine Johnson, a sophomore.

In interviews, students echoed similar sentiments: Orchestra is a delightful class that nurtures their musical abilities while creating lasting memories. For seniors, their orchestra experience spans approximately eight years, encompassing numerous concerts and competition trips, leaving a profound impact on their lives.

“Participating in orchestra has given me the opportunity to go on exciting trips and connect with people in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise,” says Jack O’Connor, another sophomore.

Orchestra students appreciate the time spent learning to play, recognizing the effort invested by players, families, and volunteers to provide these opportunities.

So, how can we support our orchestra?

The easiest way is to attend one of their concerts! Feeling the support of those around you, especially after putting in hard work for a good show, is truly incredible. Science Hill’s Orchestra is gearing up for their next concert on Tuesday, October 3rd in the auditorium.

“I’m really looking forward to the upcoming concert! There’s a bit of nervousness, but I think it’s going to be pretty awesome,” says Lucian Drake, a sophomore.

Students are eagerly anticipating their concert, and so are the conductors! Mrs. Belt, a recent addition to Johnson City Schools’ orchestra family, is an alumna of the orchestra. She graduated from a local college and returned as a conductor, exuding enthusiasm when interviewed.

“I am super excited; the orchestra is doing an excellent job. We have some fiddle tunes, classical pieces, and even some spooky tunes. Everyone is performing exceptionally well.”

When asked about how being part of the orchestra has impacted her own life, Mrs. Belt spoke passionately, expressing her admiration for the students’ musical achievements.

“It’s like living every orchestra kid’s dream, being on stage. Moreover, witnessing you all achieve things my orchestra couldn’t do, every year it gets better. I come to work every day thrilled because I get to make music with these talented students. It’s truly awesome.”

Science Hill’s orchestra offers a fantastic experience for its students. It’s crucial to show support to our current and future musicians so they can continue their musical pursuits.

“We eagerly anticipate sharing our concert with you!” Mrs. Belt, on behalf of the orchestra.

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