Walking out the door, cello in hand, freshman Francesca Baldwin feels confident about the three to four minute solo ensemble performance she just gave at Madison high school. She has never made it this far in Orchestra UIL before. After completing her performance she then heads off to the cafeteria to wait for the results as determined by the judge who viewed her performance. Little did she know the news that awaited her in about an hour. “At first I didn't think we [my partner and I] could qualify for state. I didn't even know that was an option, or a thing we could do when I found out,” Baldwin said. “I heard that some people made state. I heard out of thousands of people that audition maybe a few 100 or something like that [qualify for state], but it made me happy that we earned it, and we worked hard for it.”
With the number of days left in the school year dwindling into the single digits, some students that are involved in extracurriculars are preparing for a busy summer of on-campus activities. Many organizations on campus hold summer rehearsals or camps in order to allow the new students to meet the older kids and to prepare the students for the upcoming school year.
by Sabrina Williams| staff writer Some may see them as kids carrying heavy-looking black cases, speaking what seems to be another language about first, second, third strings, concertos, serenade in F minor and all else. But the Johnson Orchestra is...
The Johnson Orchestra started the year off on a strong beat after giving their fall concert on Thursday evening, October 21, in the Johnson auditorium. Their program featured an array of modern music with nice percussion effects, clear articulation, and smooth balance.