Orchestra’s Farewell

The talented senior musicians of the Blair Academy Symphony Orchestra will perform their final concert with the orchestra this evening. The orchestra’s diverse repertoire for the Spring Concert includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, a renowned piece which will be performed with the Blair Singers. The orchestra will also showcase a medley from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Oracle interviewed graduating members of Blair’s orchestra, who reflected on their experiences as instrumentalists in the ensemble.

Juno Park

violin (concertmaster)

Abby Morris: How long have you played your instrument? Do you play any other instruments?

Juno Park: I’ve been playing the violin for almost ten years, and haven’t played any other instruments.

 

AM: How long have you been part of the Blair Orchestra?

JP: I came as a new sophomore, and I’ve been a part of the Blair Orchestra ever since.

 

AM: What do you enjoy most about being a member of the Blair orchestra?

JP: The applause and the support that the school gives after each performance always feels good. The feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction is actually pretty overwhelming after the concerts.

 

AM: How has Mrs. Pagotto helped you become a better musician?

JP: Mrs. Pagotto has always been supportive [of] any ideas, and she always pinpointed even the slightest mistakes. She instantly catches notes that are off pitch. Her meticulousness is what helped me become a better violinist and a better concertmaster.

 

AM: What has been the most difficult piece you have performed with the orchestra? What is your favorite?

JP: [The overture from] Phantom of the Opera was by far the hardest and my most favorite piece that I have ever played. All aspects of the piece were challenging: the high notes, the style, the tempo, and especially the rhythm. But at the same time, the sense of accomplishment after running through the song is more than satisfying.

Chloe Kim

cello

Abby Morris: How long have you played your instrument? Do you play any other instruments?

Chloe Kim: About eight or nine years now, and I used to play the trombone but now I can’t.

 

AM: How long have you been part of the orchestra?

CK: Three years, or since I was a new sophomore.

 

AM: What was your biggest challenge as a member of the orchestra? How did you prevail?

CK: Having to play alone a lot of the time, and knowing that I can’t hide behind other members. Practicing almost every day in class made me a lot more comfortable with my instrument.

 

AM: What has been the most difficult piece you have performed with the orchestra? What is your favorite?

CK: The upcoming Beethoven’s [Symphony No. 9] is really hard. I have a solo, and it gets incredibly fast. I can’t choose a favorite…. I guess Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” or the Dvorak [we performed], or Beauty and the Beast.

Caroline Devlin

flute

Abby Morris: How long have you played your instrument? Do you play any other instruments?

Caroline Devlin: Ive been playing my instrument for 9 years, and I also play the piccolo!

 

AM: How long have you been part of the Blair Orchestra?

CD: I’ve been a part of Blair Orchestra since I got here as a new sophomore.

 

AM: Have you attended any trips or performances as a member of the Blair Orchestra? Is there a particular performance that stands out? Why?

CD: My most cherished memory of Blair Orchestra was playing for a baptism in Italy…my sophomore year. It was absolutely amazing and I cannot believe that I will always be a part of that child’s life. It was seriously incredible.

Andrea Dorsa

alto saxophone

Abby Morris: How long have you played your instrument? Do you play other instruments?

Andrea Dorsa: I’ve played the alto saxophone since fourth grade, so nine years now. I’ve recently also started to dabble in the ukulele.

 

AM: How long have you been part of the Blair Orchestra?

AD: I’ve been a part of the Blair Orchestra for all four years of my time at Blair.

 

AM: How has Mrs. Pagotto helped you become a better musician?

AD: Mrs. Pagotto is has taught me not only how to improve my technical skills but also how to really make music with the pieces by adding style to them and getting into the piece.

 

AM: What is your most cherished memory of the Blair Orchestra that you will take with you when you graduate?

AD: My most cherished memory of Blair Orchestra was building so many friendships through playing in the group. There were several people that I got to know so well from being in class [and] extra rehearsals…, and making great music together.

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