Symphony performs in Pasadena

Students in the Upper School Symphony performed a concert for the elderly at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church Nov. 9. This was the symphony’s first performance of the year, and the musicians wanted to get a sense of what it was like to perform together in front of others. Percussionist William Chow ’17 said that the […]

Anna Gong ’18 pursues her passion for violin

Anna Gong ’18 pursues her passion for violin

Every night, Anna Gong ’18 plays scales to warm up her fingers for 10 minutes. She flips through her music looking for her solo piece, and plays through the piece from beginning to end, replaying the challenging parts. Gong is a third-generation violinist. Her grandparents were violin professors during the Cultural Revolution in China. Fleeing the Communist […]

Musicians to perform last concert

The Spring Instrumental Music Concert at Saperstein Theater on May 6 will be the last concert of the year for the Middle School ensembles. The concert will highlight the skills the ensembles have worked on since the beginning of the school year. Six ensembles will perform. The most advanced ensemble, the Middle School Symphony, will […]

Students to perform in solo concert

Several students will play as soloists at the upcoming middle school Chamber Music and Solo Concert. The concert will be held in Saperstein Theater at the middle school campus Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. It will feature six student instrumentalists on the piano, violin, clarinet and double bass. Each year, the Middle School Symphony puts […]

Symphony earns award at festival

The Symphony Orchestra earned the highest award possible at the Southern California Band & Symphony festival Saturday, April 12. The orchestra had to play a piece that was not professionally arranged. They performed “The Romanian Dances” by Bartok as well as participating in a sight-reading competition. The scores from each performance were totaled, earning the […]

Winter Chamber Music features small groups

Symphony orchestra, concert strings and wind ensemble combined to play in the Winter Instrumental Chamber Music Concert at 5 p.m. at Santa Monica 1st Presbyterian Church Sunday Feb. 23. Rather than multiple, large group pieces, performing arts teacher Mark Hilt divided the students into several chamber ensembles, the sizes of which range from duos to […]