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Symphonic Orchestra performs at the prestigious state music conference

Thirty minutes before the concert at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) workshop conference, members of Symphonic Orchestra rehearse “Libertango” under the direction of orchestra teacher Ed Sandheinrich Jan. 24. Throughout the three-day workshop, performance groups were given half an hour to tune, warm up and wrap up the final details before their performance. “Everyone was awesome in their playing and their professional behavior. It was hard for me to go from point A to point B at the resort because, well, it's a crowded mess, but people kept stopping me to say how much they loved the performance,” Sandheinrich said.
January 31, 2020

Honored by the state of Missouri, 40 students and 40 instruments are packed into one bus for a three-hour drive to the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) workshop conference at Tan-Tar-A Estates...

Seniors reflect on the time spent with their instruments during high school

Directed by Ed Sandheinrich (not pictured), juniors Ronik Bhaskar, Dennis McMorrow and Daniel Yu play their instruments in Symphonic Orchestra. All levels of orchestra participate in the reflection by playing songs that they are able too that the seniors choose. “It’s different every day, a new adventure every day, and it keeps things fresh,” Sandheinrich said.
May 17, 2019

The Orchestra program is putting on one last ‘hurrah’ for the seniors by allowing them to pick the music for the Senior Reflection ceremony. “I think that the songs we are playing at Senior Reflection...

Showcase concert sets music department off on a strong start

Senior Meghan Stanfield, junior Theresa Monteleone and senior Chloe Hershenow perform enthusiastically in Jazz Choir at the First Annual Music Department Showcase Concert. This is Stanfield’s second year in the ensemble. “Singing is my passion, and it’s so nice to come to class to just sing with all my friends,” Stanfield said. “It really helps me forget about all the chaos of the world.”
October 8, 2018

As parents, friends and students poured into the gymnasium, they were met with the rhythmic pounding of the Marching Band. The strong metronome, meant to keep the marchers in synchronization, was captivating. This...

Orchestra students embrace the culture of New Orleans

Ice cream in hand, junior Caroline Dunn enjoys the vibe of New Orleans. Students had personal time to explore and embrace more of the city. “It was cool to see the influence and history that shaped the abundant culture of New Orleans,” Dunn said.
May 3, 2018

After a 13 hour bus ride, 40 orchestra students–led by orchestra teacher Ed Sandheinrich–jazzed their way into New Orleans. From April 12 to 15, students toured the birthplace of jazz. At Tulane...

Three students attend prestigious All-State music conference

With a violin cradled in his arms, junior Jason Wan performs at a fall orchestra concert. Wan, who practices violin for roughly an hour a day, was selected to participate in the All-State orchestra at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference. “Every year you go to Mizzou and there’s a lot of people that audition so you have to stay there for a couple hours,” Wan said. “[At the conference] you rehearse for six to eight hours a day and then you perform on the last day. Some people practice their music before they get there.”
March 5, 2018

From the morning of Jan. 24 through the evening of Jan. 27, music permeated the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Lake of the Ozarks. At the 80th annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference, juniors...

Orchestra students prepare for All-State

Sophomore Jason Wan performs at the fall orchestra concert.
January 25, 2017
“All-State is always an honor to participate in and it’s a great experience,” Wan said.

Orchestra co-hosts chili cookoff with Pattonville

Junior Aimee Laws practices music for the cook-off during her symphonic orchestra class.
November 18, 2016

The Pattonville and Parkway West High School orchestra programs are co-hosting a chili cook-off fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 18 at Holman Middle School. “I was approached by the Pattonville Orchestra...

Orchestra set to host concert on Oct. 26

Juniors Sydnee Yap and Emma Richards rehearse in the first violin section of the Symphonic Orchestra.
October 26, 2016
Playing a variety of song genres from classic rock to baroque overtures, the eighth grade orchestra will play alongside the Concert, Chamber and Symphonic Orchestras on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m in the theater.

Music department prepares for spring concerts

Directing the orchestra at in the theater, Mr. Sandheinrich waves his arms to conduct his students.
May 21, 2016
The month of April is a busy month for the music department; all three spring concerts—band, orchestra and choir—fall within three weeks of each other.
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