Congratulations and a huge thanks to Chamber Strings for their commitment to this year's IHSA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Along with the orchestral experience, it is critically important that musicians also gain experience and insight from the myriad literature written for solo and small ensemble. The IHSA Solo and Ensemble Competition affords students an opportunity to delve into just that.
With a 2nd place finish in the Class A category at this year's state competition, I am extraordinarily proud of these fine young musicians and their commitment to and effort in music making.
Here are some pics from the event:
Congratulations to Northside Prep's Chamber Strings for taking State at the 2017 IHSA Solo and Ensemble Competition. This marks 3 straight years in which the ensemble has worked incredibly hard to achieve such a feat.
Here are some pics from the day:
It is with resounding gratitude to and pride for the musicians of Chamber Strings that I announce their achievement of being named STATE CHAMPIONS of the 2016 Illinois High School Association's Solo and Ensemble Music Competition (Class A Division). Among a field of 44 high school orchestra programs competing in the Class A Division throughout the State of Illinois on Saturday, March 5th, 2016, the musicians of Northside Prep's Chamber Strings emerged victorious.
Thank you musicians for your dedication to and passion for music making.
Click here for the official results.
Congratulations to the student musicians of Chamber Strings for their stellar performances at the 2016 Illinois High School Association's Solo and Ensemble Music Competition.
It's been a long day but preparing for the competition was well worth our time and effort.
Here are a few pics:
Congratulations to Northside Prep's Chamber Strings for being named a finalist in the Kishi Bashi Performance Competition.
Who is Kishi Bashi?
Kishi Bashi is a music project created by Kaoru Ishibashi, a violinist, singer/songwriter and composer. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and has toured extensively with Of Montreal, Regina Spektor and Sondre Lerche. Click here to check out KB's Tiny Desk Concert from the Spring of 2012, recorded just a few days after I saw him perform in an intimate venue called Space in Evanston, Illinois. KB's fan base has grown considerably in the last couple of years to the point where he now performs at large venues such as the Metro in Chicago
What is the Kishi Bashi Performance Competition?
In November, Kishi Bashi, in collaboration with D'Addario Music Company, announced a performance competition for school orchestras from across the United States. Participating schools were required to submit a video performance recording of 2 contrasting string orchestra arrangements from KB's recent album release String Quartet Live.
This past Monday KB announced 4 finalists. Northside Prep's Chamber Strings made the cut! Other finalists include Grady High School (Atlanta, GA), Saratoga Springs High School (Saratoga Springs, NY), and Niles North High School (Skokie, IL).
KB will announce the winner of the competition later this week. Our fingers are crossed that he'll choose Northside Prep.
The winning orchestra will perform with Kishi Bashi this spring and be awarded $5,000 worth of strings and accessories from D'Addario Music Company.
Check out our video performance entry:
Thank you to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yuan-Qing Yu and the Civitas Ensemble, and the Merit School of Music for providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Northside Prep orchestra students. Yes folks, we met Yo Yo Ma. What an incredibly kind and humble person who is approachable, affable and passionate about music and education. Sandwiched between a performance with the Civitas Ensemble and a 3 hour masterclass with youth musicians from the Chicago area, Yo Yo Ma took the time to meet with our students to share stories, impart life knowledge and take a few pictures.
Here are a few pics:
Much gratitude and thanks to members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for visiting Northside Prep on Tuesday to perform and coach 11 student chamber groups in preparation for the 2016 IHSA Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Civic's resident string quartet and string quintet began the morning with a performance of works by Schubert and Dvorak. After a brief question and answer session, student chamber groups and their respective coaches proceeded into rehearsal sessions.
Thank you to James Hall, Coordinator of Civic Engagement Programs at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for working with Northside Prep to provide this wonderful opportunity for the young musicians of Chamber Strings.
Here are a few pics from the day:
Congratulations to Northside Prep's Symphonic Strings (made up of students in Intermediate, Concert and Chamber Strings) on their stellar performance at the 90th annual Chicago Public School's Band and Orchestra Festival.
All 3 adjudicators awarded the ensemble a Superior Rating with scores of 37 out of 40, 38 out of 40 and 37 out of 40, respectively.
SYMPHONIC STRINGS ENGAGED IN A CELEBRATORY FACE STUFFING SESSION AT
LOU MALNATI'S PIZZERIA (LINCOLNWOOD) AFTER THEIR PERFORMANCE AT THE
90TH ANNUAL CPS BAND AND ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL
Members of Northside's Chamber Strings traveled to Whitney Young High School to compete in the 2015 IHSA Organizational Contest on Friday, April 17th. Performing works by Vivaldi, Puccini and Kerr for a panel of 3 adjudicators, Joanne May (Elmhurst College), Ray Ostwald (York High School) and Tom Zelle (North Park University), Chamber Strings came away with superior ratings across the board - receiving scores of 37.9, 39.8 and 40, respectively.
Congratulations to the young musicians who worked tirelessly to prepare for this competition.
The music department is extraordinarily proud to announce that Northside Prep was the recipient of 4 awards at the Orlando Heritage Music Festival.
Having received adjudicator scores of 91, 95, and 91, respectively, the NORTHSIDE PREP CHOIR was awarded a GOLD MEDAL.
Having received adjudicator scores of 97, 98, and 94, respectively, the NORTHSIDE PREP ORCHESTRA was awarded a GOLD MEDAL.
The Northside Prep Orchestra was also the recipient of 2 additional awards:
Presented to ensembles that received a score of 92 or higher from each of the 3 adjudicators.
OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA AWARD
Presented to the highest scoring orchestra at the festival. Northside competed against 6 orchestras - hailing from Arcadia, CA, West Palm Beach, FL, and Falls Church, VA.
Please congratulate the following students for their accomplishments:
Francesca Aleanor, Anna Alvarez, Summer Calvache, Yesenia Cardona, Michelle Chan, Sophia Chang-Stauffer, Sarah Chang, Hannah Ciesil, John Fleming, Anjan Ghosh, Israel Gomez, Leah Gomez, Margaret Grange, Declan Jones, Anna Kalinowski, Samira Kamal, Patrycja Kepa, Sabina Kim, Ruby LaPorta, Kevin Lee, Yiping Li, Kimberly Lu, Christian Luciano, Alliyah Lusuegro, Maeve Masterson, Margaret Mui, Elliot Phillips, Natalie Reid, Marlena Resnick, Agustin Romero, Sarah Scotese, Charlie Sell, Safiya Sirota, Andeline Snagel, Rachel So, Desiree Stypinski, William Su, Claudia Thiedmann, Kim Tran, Resseka Uy-Youkerd, Maya Van Lysebettens, Stephen Vergara, Natalia Walczak, Lydia Ward, Julia Wellisch, Rhayven White, Natalie Wilczek, Piotr Wojcik, and Maxwell Zhang.
Congratulations to members of Northside Prep's Chamber Strings for their top ranking performance at the 2015 IHSA Solo and Ensemble Music Contest. 27 soloists and 13 ensembles from the orchestra program competed on Saturday, March 7th, at Lake Zurich High School - one of 21 schools hosting this state-wide contest.
Among 64 schools competing in the Class A Division, Northside Prep was ranked #1 in the orchestra category.
This recognition is a testament to the fact that Northside Prep cultivates and nurtures all learning at the most rigorous of levels - whether it be in the science lab or the music room.
Please join us in congratulating the following students whose individual and collective efforts contributed to this crowning achievement:
Sophia Chang-Stauffer (Violin), Sarah Chang (Violin/Viola), Jessica Esteves (Violin), Leah Gomez (Violin/Viola), Samira Kamal (Violin), Esther Kim (Violin), Sabina Kim (Violin/Viola), Sean Kim (Cello), Sharon Kim (Violin/Piano), Bella Kiser (Violin), Ruby LaPorta (Violin), Kevin Lee (Violin), Hannah Leoni-Hughes (Cello), Christian Luciano (Violin), Bella Masterson (Violin/Viola), Maeve Masterson (Cello), Margaret Mui (Violin), Mariana Pasturczak (Violin), Kelly Reinoso (Viola), John Schechtman-Marko (Cello), Sarah Scotese (Violin/Viola), Alice Sickler (Violin), Adele Snagel (Violin), Natalia Walczak (Violin), Hyunwoo Ward (Violin), Julia Wellisch (Violin).
Orch Dorks -
Intermediate, Concert and Chamber Strings members are invited to participate in the 2015 Heritage Music Festival and Tour to Orlando, Florida.
A very important meeting regarding the trip will take place on Tuesday, September 16th, 7pm, in the Choral Room (109
Orch Dorks -
The 2014 Orchestra Retreat, open to current Intermediate, Concert and Chamber Strings, is right around the corner. Be sure to complete and submit the parent release form by Friday, September 12th.
Hoping to see many of you in Lake Geneva. Information can be accessed via the Resources page.
Orch Dorks -
The 2013 Holiday Concert on Tuesday, 12/17/13 is fast approaching. I've included pertinent information regarding concert attire, dress rehearsal, etc. below.
4:30 - Ice Castles and Snowflake
5:00 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Polar Express
5:30 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Email me if you have any questions.