School

Molly Solo and Ensemble Festival

Posted in Molly, Music, School on February 2nd, 2020 by c-had – Be the first to comment
Solo and Ensemble octet

Molly's orchestra director at school organized octets for those interested in smaller ensembles this year (as you may have seen at Barnes and Noble). Molly's octet performed at the Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival in February. They were fantastic, and earned a superior rating and an invitation to the state festival later this year.

Molly Symphony Orchestra Concert January 2020

Posted in Molly, Music, School on January 24th, 2020 by c-had – Be the first to comment

In addition to her Chamber Orchestra, her GT Sinfonia, and her octet, Molly joined the Symphony Orchestra at school again this year. This group includes 6th-8th graders, and combines strings with winds, brass, and percussion. They meet at 6:50am before school every Tuesday and Thursday, so these are some dedicated kids. They had their first concert in January.

Leah concert times 3

Posted in Leah, Music, School on January 22nd, 2020 by c-had – 1 Comment
Chorus concert

Leah had a very busy concert evening in January. The evening began with Leah singing with the school Chorus.

After singing with the chorus, Leah transitioned to the stage to play her cello in the Advanced Orchestra made up of fourth and fifth graders.

Advanced Orchestra

Leah still wasn’t done, though. Next, she played her cello in the Symphony Orchestra as well.

Symphony Orchestra

Nice job, Leah!

Molly Chamber Orchestra January 2020

Posted in Molly, Music, School on January 10th, 2020 by c-had – Be the first to comment
Chamber Orchestra

Molly had her winter Chamber Orchestra concert in January. This is her main, during-school group that meets every day. They were great!

Barnes and Noble concert

Posted in Molly, Music, School on December 12th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly is part of a string octet at school, and they played at Barnes & Noble in December. They're very good.

Young artist

Posted in Molly, School on December 11th, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

Molly had a piece of her art selected to be shown at the Board of Education. She and I went to their Artist’s Reception to see it.

Art show

Art show

Art show

Chamber Orchestra Fall 2019

Posted in Molly, Music, School on November 15th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly is in Chamber Orchestra at school this year, which is mostly 8th graders with a handful of 7th graders (like Molly). They had their Fall concert yesterday and did a wonderful job. If you’re looking for Molly, she is on the 2nd row in the viola section, but is mostly hidden by her music stand for much of the performance.

Practice Night

Posted in Leah, Music, School on October 31st, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

The orchestra/band director at Leah’s school held a practice night for parents to come and learn how to help their students practice. He asked a few students to come demonstrate their instrument for the parents to show proper technique. Leah was selected to be the example cello, and was very happy to help out.

Practice night

Kindness Week ensemble

Posted in Leah, Music, School on October 22nd, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

This week is Kindness Week at Leah’s school. Leah was asked to be part of a small ensemble to play as folks arrived at school to kick off the week.

Kindness Week ensemble

Kindness Week ensemble

One of the songs they played was a rock medley, including part of We Will Rock You. For part, the violins stopped playing to stomp, stomp, clap while the cellos took the lead. Then later the cellos stopped playing to stomp, stomp, clap while the violins took the lead.

You can also see here that the cellos and basses struggled with the morning sun in their eyes, some resorting to trying to hide behind their stands to block it.

We Will Rock You

Kindness Week ensemble

They had quite a large crowd gather to listen before school. The crowd only dispersed when the Assistant Principal came to tell them they all needed to get to class as the bell was about to ring. Nice job, Leah!

First day of 7th and 4th grade

Posted in Leah, Molly, School on October 6th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

A month ago, Molly and Leah started school! 7th grade and 4th grade. And of course they had to wear their new jackets.

Molly first day of 7th grade

1st day of 7th grade

Leah first day of 4th grade

First day of 4th grade

Neighborhood picture