Six students perform with All-State Orchestra

posted Jan 27, 2017, 12:39 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 12:40 PM ]
Six Bartlesville High School students recently performed with the All-State Orchestra of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association on January 21 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. There were three violinists, James Martinez, Courtney Brendal, and Markus Klawun, plus French horn player Kyleen Villines and two percussionists, William Pattison and Connor Burns. They performed music of master composers Leonard Bernstein and Dimitri Shostakovich.

The violinists’ audition in December encompassed standard All-State level etudes, three-octave scales, sight reading, and musical excerpts from the All-State program, which included Symphonic Dances from Westside Story and Shostakovich Symphony #5. Students started working on their etudes and scales in early 2016 and at the end of October they received excerpts of music from the All-State program.

The excerpts the students played in their audition as well as the music they played in the All-State program is considered standard literature for professional symphony musicians. Acceptance into the All-State orchestra puts a student in the top one percent of string players in Oklahoma.

Upon selection to the All-State groups, the three wind and percussion players had the choice to play in the band or in the symphonic orchestra. Playing the music of master composers Leonard Bernstein and Dimitri Shostakovich presented a wonderful and challenging opportunity for the students.

The string students are members of the Bartlesville High School Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of Rhonda Carr. The wind and percussion players are members of the Bartlesville Wind Symphony under the direction of Alex Claussen.
2017 All-State Orchestra
All-State Orchestra members James Martinez, Courtney Brendal, Markus Klawun, Kyleen Villines, William Pattison, and Connor Burns