Orchestra presents unique music to audiences

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   The Sheridan High School orchestra concert took place on Dec. 5 at 7:00p.m. Director Razmick Sarkissian led both the Baroque Orchestra, which features students from both Sheridan Junior High School and Sheridan High School, and the Symphony Orchestra, which consists primarily of upperclassmen. Together, the ensembles featured many classical composers including George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Ludwig van Beethoven.       

   Sarkissian expects that his students go above and beyond to excel as improving musicians. “It’s our first concert, and it’s a good opportunity to show the community what we’ve been working on,” said senior violinist Olivia Chase. Year to year, the students continue to improve, evolve and grow as aspiring musicians.

   With every new member the orchestra gains, they are given more chances to improve on their craft. “Each group brings its own spin to excellence,” says Sarkissian. The students had been putting in extra work and practice by coming into school an hour early for morning rehearsals and practicing at home. “I got to know the music in and out pretty well, so it’s been fun to play it,” said junior viola player Pyper Tiffany. Junior first violinist Belle Turk agreed that a lot of practice had gone into improving the challenging music this concert presented. “The music we play is at a higher level than some other schools,” said Turk. 

   Many students say that Sarkissian likes to pick advanced music to let students be challenged and become better musicians while also adding an element of fun when learning. “In class is where everything is really fun, the concerts are the end results. It’s really cool to see it all come together,” said sophomore cellist Jenna Sweeny. 

   The Sheridan High School orchestra concert took place on Dec. 5 at 7:00p.m. Director Razmick Sarkissian led both the Baroque Orchestra, which features students from both Sheridan Junior High School and Sheridan High School, and the Symphony Orchestra, which consists primarily of upperclassmen. Together, the ensembles featured many classical composers including George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

   “Each group brings its own spin to excellence,” says Sarkissian. The students had been putting in extra work and practice by coming into school an hour early for morning rehearsals and practicing at home. “I got to know the music in and out pretty well, so it’s been fun to play it,” said junior viola player Pyper Tiffany. Since it’s the first concert, Sarkissian strived to impress the audience.  “It’s our first concert, and it’s a good opportunity to show the community what we’ve been working on,” said senior violinist Olivia Chase.