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Edison High Orchestra Plays With Middle Schoolers
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YASHASVI KOMPELLA ’27
Mrs. Elizabeth Maliszewski, the Herbert Hoover Middle School Orchestra director, conducts the combined Orchestra of Edison High and Herbert Hoover.

On Wednesday February 27, the Edison High School Orchestra played with the Herbert Hoover Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School’s orchestra for the first time ever. On this day, the concert orchestra, including excited students of all grades gathered in the auditorium to rehearse their music for the future spring concert with the middle schoolers. This event provided the middle schoolers the opportunity to perform on stage in front of an audience, and ask questions to high school players and EHS Orchestra Director Ms. Brittney Milicia.

The event started with the Edison High School Concert Orchestra playing four pieces that they have been rehearsing for the Spring Concert: “Doraji,” “St. Paul’s Suite,” “Dance of the Night,” and “Horizon.” Following this, the Edison High School Chamber Orchestra performed “Missa in Angustiis” (Haydn), “A Salute to the Big Band,” “Appalachian Morning,” “Kyiv 2022”, and “Demande Et Response.”

I am most excited about the field trips and performance opportunities in the Edison High-school orchestra,

— Jerry Chu '28

The Concert and Chamber Orchestra have rehearsed these pieces for numerous months, preparing for such events.

Mrs. Deirdre Pasquarelli, the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Orchestra director, conducts the Orchestra of Thomas Jefferson, Herbert Hoover, and Edison High School.

Following these pieces, members of Herbert Hoover’s Orchestra and Thomas Jefferson’s Orchestra were assigned a partner from the Edison High Chamber Orchestra. Together with their partner, they played Doraji.

“This concert gave us a great opportunity to interact and teach the middle school students,” said Sameth Sitaram ‘27, a member of the Edison High Chamber Orchestra. “I hope we continue to hold this event annually in order to help the middle schoolers get familiar with the difficulty of pieces that we play in high school.”

The middle school orchestra event was great. I was able to meet prospective orchestra members and help them play difficult concert orchestra pieces. It was overall fun, and it’s exciting to see the incoming underclassmen play.”

— Srinidhi Tammana ‘25

At the end of the event, the Herbert Hoover Orchestra and Thomas Jefferson Orchestra played their concert pieces for the EHS students.

“I am most excited about the field trips and performance opportunities in the Edison High-school orchestra,” said Jerry Chu ’28, an orchestra member from Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Jerry, out of many others, wishes that this will be continued in the upcoming school years since it will inform the middle schoolers on what to expect in high school orchestra, in addition to the fact that it is a great bonding experience for everyone.

​​”The middle school orchestra event was great. I was able to meet prospective orchestra members and help them play difficult concert orchestra pieces,” said Srinidhi Tammana ‘25, a member of Edison High School’s Chamber Orchestra. “It was overall fun, and it’s exciting to see the incoming underclassmen play.”

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YASHASVI KOMPELLA ’27, Staff Writer
Yashasvi Kompella is a staff writer for the "Eagle's Eye" and is a current freshman. Yashasvi is a member of the STEM Academy and enjoys participating in a wide variety clubs, such as Quiz Bowl and MUN. Yashasvi also likes playing the viola and volunteering in his free time.
PRANAV SHANKAR '27, Staff Writer
Pranav Shankar is a passionate news article writer who is excited to begin writing as a freshman. Aside from writing articles and finding new ideas, Pranav enjoys robotics, US history, and Model UN. He also enjoys playing the Viola and Piano in concerts and recreationally.
EESHA GORANTLA '27, Staff Writer
Eesha joined the newspaper in her freshman year of high school as a staff writer. She has had a passion for writing since her childhood. Outside of the newspaper, you can find her participating in chess and public speaking tournaments. Eesha also enjoys to play the violin and volunteering.
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