By Samuel WillisBrook Hill’s 2014 Varsity Orchestra recently traveled to the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor to participate in the TAPPS State String Contest. There, they played in large ensemble, small ensembles, and solos – receiving an excellent rating in all of them. In addition, the Jazz ensemble received a superior rating, and freshman Julia Ha earned a superior+ rating with her performance of a Mozart piano sonata.
Brook Hill’s Upper School Orchestra director, Mrs. Reason, said that, “I am extremely proud of how Varsity Orchestra handled and met the challenges of [the] contest. Our mighty team of 14 students practiced & performed over a five hour span in 11 events with most students playing a minimum of 5 pieces and some as many as 8 pieces. The day was not just musical, but also athletic with hauling equipment between different venues back & forth across the university campus, up & down stairs numerous times while dressed in full concert black attire for 5 hours.”
Not only was the challenge itself extraordinarily hard, but the scoring this year was beyond the average difficulty–even for state TAPPS.
Mrs. Reason remarked, “the scoring was extremely stiff and at a level unlike all our previous years at State TAPPS. Only two schools out of 1A-5A received a Superior rating for Large Ensemble performance.
We should take the time to congratulate our orchestra players. They’ve all worked long and hard for this.