MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA
Grade 6 Middle School Orchestra Festival
In February, KCSD96 Woodlawn and Twin Groves Middle School musicians participated in the District's first 6th-grade Orchestra Festival. Students received sectional instruction, then performed by school and as a group directed by Stevenson High School Associate Director of Orchestra Anthony Krempa.
KCSD96 thanks Carrie Anselmo (Dist. 109), Paul Jenkin (Dist. 102), Amy Biasello (Dist. 109), Elizabeth Jordan (Dist. 15), Kelsey Buffa (Dist. 103), and Anthony Krempa (SHS) for their expert support in this outstanding learning opportunity for KCSD96 orchestra students.
See Grade 6 Orchestra Festival PHOTOS
The 6th-grade Orchestra is a continuation of the previous 2 years of orchestra. In 6th grade we pick up the tempo and work primarily on multiple part music and even shifting during the second half of the year. Our rehearsals focus on ensemble playing, and learning how to perform as a orchestra. With games and listening exercises, we develop listening and ensemble skills. The 6th grade orchestra performs three concerts during the school year as well as the students participate in IMEA and IGSMA. Finally, we visit the Elgin Symphony Orchestra to hear a youth concert.
The 7th- and 8th-grade Orchestra is the highest ensemble. We perform three regular concerts throughout the school year as well as concerts with Stevenson High and a tour of the elementary schools. We perform various styles of literature, including full orchestra music with members of the Twin Groves and Woodlawn Band.