“Note-able” Achievements Abound for Greenhills Musicians
Following successful performances at the recent State Level Solo and Ensemble Festival John Lazarsfeld ’13 and Emily Wu ’13 were selected to participate in the 2011 Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s highest honor granted to a student. The selection process is highly competitive and begins with the first set of MSBOA events in the fall. The objectives of the program are to discover unusually musically gifted high school students through rigorous competition beginning in the local school and progressing through successive levels to the state, to develop unusual musical talent through various performance opportunities, and finally to promote and stimulate additional student interest in the arts and acquainting the citizens of Michigan with the high level of attainment of its youth.
In other music news, on March 14, six Greenhills students played with the Michgan Youth Symphony Orchestra at Hill Auditorium. These talented musicians auditioned for spots through the University of Michigan’s music school last spring and rehearsed every Sunday from September on.
- Ben Bloomfield ’12 (Cello)
- Katherine Irani ’12 (Violin 2)
- John Lazarsfeld ’13 (Violin 1)
- Haemin Park ’11 (Violin 1)
- Elizabeth Shelley ’11 (Viola)
- Juliano Stewart ’14 (Cello)
Finally, on January 22, three students played in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s All-State concert which was held in Grand Rapids. The MSBOA holds auditions each fall for students state-wide and only the best from the state are selected to make up one middle school and high school band and one middle school and high school orchestra.
- Kyle Peters ’16, Violin 1 (7th chair)
- John Lazarsfeld ’13, Violin (20th chair)
- Katherine Selwa ’12, Flute (4th chair)
Mithun Saha ’13, Katherine Selwa ’12, Brandon Bonine ’12, and Lindsay Conlin ’12 performed in the Michigan Youth Ensembles. Gina Vasey ’15 was also in the MSBOA All-State Middle School Band.
“Congratulations to all our musicians for their fine work and for representing our school with such style and class,” says Greenhills orchestra director William McClain.