On Monday night, in the Lanny Naegelin Theatre, the Churchill Orchestra performed at their fall concert. This is the second concert that the orchestras have had, with the first being the highly anticipated Dinner Theatre.
“Dinner theatre was to prepare us for a real concert. I know that we’ll see others play and get the environment of what a concert is like,” Mehnaz Maureen said. Dinner Theatre helped ease many of the freshman students into orchestra, but in a really fun, creative way.
For three whole weeks, these orchestras have carefully crafted and perfected the songs they have to play. This included a couple of early practices, when all anyone wanted to do was get more sleep.
”I mean, I definitely wouldn’t say we practice too much, but we could practice more. Not overdo it like everyday or something though,” Drayla Darrough said.
Practice can be grueling for everybody, especially for those students that have other extracurricular activities to devote time and energy into. Nevertheless, practice makes perfect, and all of the orchestras really benefit from it.
Concerts and performances are also very beneficial for those a little frightened to be on stage. “When the spotlight’s on us, it’s not as nerve wracking,” Kayla Tran said.
Orchestra really does help people overcome their fears or phobias. It makes it easier for many to perform in front of others, which is a necessary skill for any musician to have. “You get over stage fright,” Andrea Calvillo said.
The night of the concert, everyone was alight with excitement, including the audience. The girls straightened out their dresses, the boys fixed their ties. For many students, this was their first time wearing orchestra attire in high school, and that feeling is like no other.
(When putting the dress on) “I felt proud like “Yeah, I’m in the Churchill orchestra!” Mehnaz Maureen said.
These outfits, though seen by many as boring or plain, do hold lots of pride for these orchestra students. For some, receiving and wearing these garments makes them feel like they’re really a part of the orchestra family.
This is just the beginning for our orchestra, and everyone is ecstatic for the future concerts, performances, and overall great memories that will be made. No matter what is in the cards for them, they will certainly rise up to the occasion, proving time and time again that they are up for any challenge.