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The nine WHS students selected for the Western Region Honors Orchestra include Jessica Wangler, Lynde Wangler, Alina Kosmala, Doria Kosmala, Edie Royal, Jessie Simon, Alison Seramur, Ryan Hellenbrand and Mowa Mowa. Photos submitted.

Originally published: 2013-03-13 09:51:14
Last modified: 2013-03-13 09:54:40

WHS students earn musical accolades

by Staff Reports

Thirteen students from Watauga High School's band and orchestra program were selected for the Western Region Orchestra clinic held March 1-3 at UNC-Greensboro.

The WHS students were chosen by audition in January and were invited to participate in one of two orchestras comprised of the top players in the region. 

Four WHS students performed in the Repertory Orchestra, and nine WHS students were part of the Honors Orchestra.

Ross Robinette on trumpet, Mackenzie Nelsen on bass, Belle Lehmann on cello and Zach Smith on bass were selected to play with the Repertory Orchestra.

While at the clinic, students were ranked through seating auditions, and Nelsen was selected as first chair bass and served as principal bass for the concert. 

The nine students selected for the Honors Orchestra included Doria Kosmala on violin, Alina Kosmala on violin, Lynde Wangler on violin, Jessica Wangler on violin, Alison Seramur on violin, Ryan Hellenbrand on viola, Jessie Simon on viola, Mowa Mowa on cello and Edie Royal on cello. 

Mowa was selected through the seating auditions to serve as the first chair principal cello of the Honors Orchestra.

The clinic featured more than 200 students and their teachers from 53 schools in the western portion of the state, including schools from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Hickory, Charlotte, Burlington and Boone. The event culminated with a concert March 3 in Aycock Auditorium. 

WHS students were sponsored on the trip by Watauga Orchestra director Will Selle. 

Britany Green-Stimpson of Grimsley High School served as the conductor of the Repertory Orchestra, and Jim Waddelow of Meredith College conducted the Honors Orchestra.

While at the clinic, students further honed their musical skills, increased their playing experience, explored college options at UNCG and networked with other musicians.

Top students from the clinic will be selected in the fall to attend the N.C. Honors Orchestra Clinic at the N.C. Music Educators Association state convention.

More than 950 students in the Watauga County schools are enrolled in band and orchestra classes in the current school year.

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