"Without music, life would be blank to me." -Jane Austen
It has been an incredibly busy and exhilarating month, and it is only March 8th! I have been incredibly fortunate to be a GMEA judge for for the state and to judge the Gwinett County District 13 LGPE Orchestra.
This week, I attended the National ASTA conference in Florida. I was able to work with and meet many composers, attend several informative sessions. listen to National Orchestra Performances, and learn about new music being published!
John Riley, a Harp Guitarist, presented the history of the instrument and demonstrated its beauty through several songs.
logies to STEFAN GLENDE for the misspelling of your name
Brandon Yang - Q & A
Time in orchestra:
Brandon Yang has been playing the viola for 8 years.
Chamber Music (full orchestral compositions)
Favorite songs played in orchestra:
Hindemith; Polar Express; Molly on the Shore
What do you like about RHS Orchestra and Why?
It's a place where I can just chill and play music with some enjoyable people
What has been your most memorable
experience as a part of the RHS Orchestra?
Performing at the Tower of Talent my freshman year
What do you know about music that you wish you knew when you were younger?
Music is a universal language
What advice do you want to give to younger players - either middle school or HS?
Don't be too stressed about too many things, but also don't slack off on practicing. It really hurts when you spend all that time practicing but don't really take pride in what you're playing.
What do you with you could do better musically than you do now?
Be able to sight read better
What is your favorite motto or quote?
There's a time and a place for everything, but not for music
If you could start your music career over again, what would you change, if anything?
Take more consideration into my practice
Where do you want to go to college and will you continue to study music?
Georgia Tech: play, not study
* EXTRA! EXTRA! We are now selling RHS notepads and notecards as part of a fundraiser. Please use the link below to purchase. SENIOR PARENTS - THE NOTECARDS WOULD BE A TERRIFIC PRE-ORDER IN ANTICIPATION OF GRADUATION GIFTS!
March 26th @ 6pm - Spring Chamber Music Concert @ Milton HS
This concert will be similar to the one we did in the media center at RHS. If you performed in solo or ensemble, please plan to sign up for this event. See Ms. White-Farnell for more information. She will have a sign up sheet in the office.
NAfme - All National Honors Orchestra
This is an incredible process from beginning to end and will take place November, 2020 in Florida. Please use
link to learn more about the audition process and the top conductors leading the work.
Franklin Pond Summer Institute Opportunity
Attention Juniors and Seniors
Are you considering majoring in music education? Clayton State has 2 music degrees they offer, along with small class sizes and a state-of-the-art performance space. For more information about the programs, you can contact Richard Bell, Associate professor of music: RichardBell@clayton.edu. For the music school audition information:
Have you joined the RHS Orchestra Booster club? Any amount you can donate helps us tremendously. RHS SGC voted to make April 21 school day (originally students were scheduled to be off
Please use the links below to access recordings from the Winter Concert.
* Georgia College has several matinee concerts coming up that I would encourage you to attend (and maybe get in an impromptu college tour!). Please see the dates below:
Mar. 4, 2020 | 11:15 a.m. Wind Symphony
Mar. 26, 2020 | 11 a.m. University Chorus
Mar. 26, 2020 | 2 p.m. Women's Ensemble
April 2, 2020 | 11:15 a.m.
*Patriotic Art Competition! Your student does not have to be an art major to participate. If you would like to see past submissions and requirements, go to:
Click on: Scholarships
Click on: Young American Creative Patriotic Art Competition
Click on: Entry Form (the link is in the section "What are the Requirements"
Submissions due by March 31st to:
Please use the link below to access photos from the Legacy of Excellence Awards!