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Underclassmen, Please Audition!!


Following senior auditions for college and scholarships, there will also be auditions for any underclassmen that wish to join any of the extracurricular musical groups that the department offers. This includes either higher orchestras, Chamber orchestra, and the Lakewood Project. Even if you were to audition and not end up not getting accepted, it is still perfect practice for future recitals and auditions that you as an orchestra student may do. 

For those who don’t know or those who want to learn more, the Lakewood Project is a rock orchestra group started by Dr. Hankins in 2003. It joins together a rhythm section with both electric and acoustic string instruments. The musical students themselves write the music transcribed from either pop or rock songs. Each concert also follows a theme picked by the seniors, who also choose the outfits and help to pick out the songs. It is a wonderful honor to be able to be a part of a group like this, where people who are all passionate about music come together.

Chamber orchestra is also a great group that any underclassmen should audition to join. Even though you don’t transcribe your own music and wear fun outfits, it is still a very fun experience where the student musicians have the honor to work with the Cavani String Quartet, a musical quartet based in Cleveland, Ohio. They are amazing musicians with incredible experience with performing. Chamber orchestras also learn how to perform without a conductor, instead using only communication through eye contact and nonverbal cues. 

Chamber Orchestra and the Lakewood Project are very special because they teach useful skills such as discipline, team work, learning to accept criticism and problem solving that will benefit you not only in high school but also afterwards as your life and career develops. Even though these groups require time and hard work, if you are an underclassmen and passionate about music, feel free to audition and join these wonderful groups.

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