Music Classes Rock Performances

Jessica Coleman

The band and orchestra performed in a festival at San Ramon High School on April 30, and the choir competed on May 1 at an event sponsored by the California Music Educators Association.
The orchestra performed an Allegro by Antonio Salieri, “Russlan and Ludmilla” by Glinka, and “Shenandoah”.

All four Miramonte choirs participated, and three eligible groups received the highest possible score, “unanimous superior,” which only six other choirs recieved.

“Every choir did an amazing job and Ms. Downs is super proud of us,” said junior Faith Engstrom.

The competition consisted of performing three songs and sight singing for the judges. Songs included “Jabberwocky,” “Cantate Domino,” and “Gate Gate.”
Lately, the orchestra is rehearsing the Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor by Vivaldi.

“We are also working on another piece titled ‘Choreography’ which is interesting because its more modern,” said junior Julian Kelly.

The Pops Concert is June 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and it will feature well-known pop songs such as “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, “This Love” by Maroon 5, “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

“The Pops concert involves a lot of music from this generation,” said senior Jordan Myers. “We hope for a lot of people to come.”
Due to extensive rehearsals for the New York trip over spring break and the CMEA competition, the choirs have only a few weeks to prepare for the Pops concert.

“It’s been tough trying to learn the music so quickly,” said Engstrom. “Concert Singers also have to perform at Baccalaureate and Graduation. We’ve had to cut a couple of pieces in order to make sure that the concert is the best it can be in the end.”

The Pops concert has consistently been the most popular choir concert of the year because of the familiar songs and involvement of all the choirs.

“The entire year all the choir sings is classic music, but the Pops concert is the one concert that has music that kids will enjoy,” said junior Allison Kreuser.

The band and orchestra performed for the last time this school year last night at the spring concert.

“I like that we are a smaller orchestra compared to other schools. It allows us to play more chamber music, which is the style I prefer,” said Kelly.