Phoenix strings musicians practice at college level

Allegro Orchestra photo

Allegro Orchestra members Briahna Cardenas and Xavier Ortiz completing a written evaluation of another school’s performance at the Middle School Orchestra Festival. (Click pic to enlarge.)

On Friday, Nov. 16, the 7th and 8th grade members of Phoenix Allegro Orchestra participated in the UW-Whitewater Middle School Orchestra Festival.  

“Students experienced a morning of intense study,” said Orchestra Teacher Jennifer Bayerl. 

The students headed straight into sectionals upon arrival at UW-W, where they worked in small groups with college students on techniques and skill development for their instruments. 

After that, the students listened to Greendale Middle School Orchestra while completing a written evaluation of that performance. Students made observations and outlined evidence in writing to support their conclusions about eight different elements of performance.

Next, the students had a 45-minute warm-up rehearsal with their director, then performed before their clinicianSusan Chandler, lecturer in the UW-W Strings Department and an audience of orchestra students from Kenosha. 

I am so proud of the Allegro Orchestra,” Bayerl said. “They worked as a team, demonstrated the Comet Code and were energized by the learning experience they had.”

Phoenix Allegro Orchestra

The Phoenix Allegro Orchestra takes the stage at UW-Whitewater.

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