November 9, 2017 – This morning, there was music in the air when the Orchestra performed for a Open House of families, friends, and faculty. Mrs. Hernacki, Orchestra director, said it was her version of a parent-teacher conference, since she doesn’t get to have those. This was her opportunity to share what her students are learning and to talk about the pieces of music. She also discussed how great it was to see students mentor each other as the orchestra has grown in number.
There was one piece of music, Second Storm, that composer Robert Smith wrote in response to Hurricane Ivan that hit Florida many years ago, and Mrs. Hernacki asked that the audience listen for the beautiful “calm before the storm” that the piece begins with and then listen for the fury of the storm.
Senior Cameron Hartich, the student conductor, led Sagebrush, an Americana song reminiscent of Aaron Copeland, and the orchestra followed beautifully.
Several pieces from their fall repertoire were presented as well as a sneak preview of the music that will be enjoyed at the Christmas concert this year.
Mrs. Hernacki was also able to introduce parent volunteers, participants, and to thank Mr. Brown, Director of Fine Arts, for his support and participation in the Symphony Orchestra program.
Here are a few photos from the morning.