Year after year, Harmony Magnet Academy’s orchestra musicians are selected as cream-of-the-crop musicians to play at the Tulare Kings County Honor Orchestra Concert, to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at College of the Sequoias in Visalia. A $5 donation will be asked at the door.
This year was no exception — 100 percent of the school’s auditions were accepted. In all, 14 HMA students auditioned for the 2015 Tulare Kings County Honor Orchestra on Jan. 29 and all 14 were accepted.
“This is actually a very common thing — for Harmony students to make the orchestra over the years, but it is not something we ever take for granted,” said HMA orchestra director Michael Allard. “Since Harmony opened, all of our students who auditioned, have made the orchestra, and some have led it.”
In the seven years the school, which focuses on engineering and the arts, has been opened, more than 100 students have made he honor orchestra.
“We work hard to prepare the students for professional-level auditions, and to play the audition material,” Allard said. “It sometimes takes years to overcome the nerves which can accompany playing in front of a stranger, particularly when one knows that the judge is an expert.”
Still, competence breeds confidence, Allard said, and in-vivo audition practices in front of student peers helps.
Making the orchestra honor band from HMA this year are violinists Teresa Caranza, Erica Gilmer, Jerry Garcia, Jadrian Teunissen, Lorena Villa and Glaire Antonio; on viola, Jamie Guillergan, Lars Duerig, Diana Zepeda and Linda Tejeda; on cello, Michelle Tapia and Marylou Caranza; and on bass, Genaro Carabay and Tony Garcia.
“I am very proud of our students. They must work diligently far beyond many other students to reach higher levels of performance,” Allard said. “We have had many students continue performance through college and on to professional careers.”
What makes the honor stand out more, Allard said, is that very few PUSD string students take private lessons, while other honor orchestra students have private coaches.
“The onus for their development falls mostly on us, and that is no small task,” Allard said. “Music demands such a high level of performance, and can be quite unforgiving. Luckily, it is self-rewarding and our students are wonderful human beings who want a fuller life. They are special.”
Every few weeks, Allard sees, he is reminded again how special they are, when graduates return and help model performance for students, speaking to them about commitment and hard work.
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Students making the 2015 TKC Honor Orchestra are:
° Bartlett Middle School — Dana Cole, Michael Garcia, Humberto Rayo and Crystal Saldana.
° Pioneer Middle School — Jose Alcantar, Sonia Cardenas, Genesis Fernandez, Daniella Rubio and Melissa Tejeda.
° Sequoia Middle School — Samantha Carabay, Ingrid Cross, Caleb Melo, Emmalee Parr, Adrian Remigio, Lucas Walker, Alexis Woods and Felicity Wynn.
° Summit Charter Collegiate — Yeahyun Son, Elizabeth Huerta, McKenna Burns, Kyle Benton and Erik Scow.
° Harmony Magnet Academy — Teresa Caranza, Erica Gilmer, Jerry Garcia, Jadrian Teunissen, Lorena Villa, Glaire Antonio, Jamie Guillergan, Lars Duerig, Diana Zepeda, Linda Tejeda, Michelle Tapia, Marylou Caranza, Genaro Carabay and Tony Garcia.
Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 5:45 am | Updated: 1:24 pm, Tue Feb 3, 2015.
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