One of the most remarkable aspects of a SMUS education is the introduction to music at an early age. Students pick up their first instruments in strings class when they’re in Grade 4 at the Junior School. As they grow older and move on to the Middle School, students have the option of either sticking with the strings program or switching instruments and performing with the school’s concert band.
This week, it was the strings students who got to show off their hard work, dedication and talent. The Grade 7 and 8 classes combined to perform a wonderful hour-long concert that showcased the school’s musical program. Parents, teachers, school staff and the young musicians themselves can hear just how far the music has progressed in a few short years since these Middle Schoolers first picked up a bow in Grade 4.
The concert featured a wide range of music – from the symphonic Arundel Suite to start the show to the upbeat Cakewalk that closed the performance – that highlighted the orchestral talents of the violin, cello, viola and bass sections. There were also wonderful solos from Grade 8 students Tina Y., Christian T. and Larry Y., and Grade 7 student Stefan S.
Congratulations to all of the musicians in the strings ensemble for putting on a terrific performance. And a special thank you to strings director Ms. Mary Smith, piano accompanist Ms. Jane Edler-Davis, and Ms. Jennifer Fisher.
We look forward to the next opportunity to hear our students shine!
See more photos from the Grade 7 and 8 Strings Concert at the SMUS Photo Gallery.
(photos by Kyle Slavin)