2017-11-01 / News

Youth bring classical music performance to intermediate students

by Kate Evans


Caitlin Boswell, bass player and junior from the Barbara Ingram School For the Arts String Orchestra performs “If I Loved You” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel” as conductor and lead teacher William Hollin looks on. Caitlin Boswell, bass player and junior from the Barbara Ingram School For the Arts String Orchestra performs “If I Loved You” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel” as conductor and lead teacher William Hollin looks on. Warm Springs Intermediate School students were treated to a program of classical music performed by students from the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts String Orchestra on October 25. The Morgan Arts Council sponsored their two performances for third through fifth graders at the school through their Adopt-a-School arts program.

The Washington County public performing arts school student ensemble performed Domenico Gallo’s “Trio in G Major,” “Antique Aires and Dances” by Ottorino Respighi, “The Texians” by Carold Nunez, “Arioso” from J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite # 3 and Padilla/Longfield’s “El Relicario.” Some 23 students from grades nine-12 are in the string orchestra, which includes violins, violas, cellos and bass, said band director William Hollin.


The String Orchestra from the Barbara Ingram School For the Arts performed a program of classical music for Warm Springs Intermediate School students on October 25 under the direction of conductor and lead teacher William Hollin. The String Orchestra from the Barbara Ingram School For the Arts performed a program of classical music for Warm Springs Intermediate School students on October 25 under the direction of conductor and lead teacher William Hollin. Soloists that performed were violinist and senior Elizabeth Vicarte performing “Sonata in D Major” (Vivaldi/ Respighi); violist and junior Alexander Gunther -- “Sarabande in G minor (Carl Boehm); cellist and senior Kassandra Simmons -- “Tarantella” (William Squire); and bass player and junior Caitlin Boswell -- “If I Loved You” (Richard Rodgers-from the musical “Carousel”). Boswell also played a few bars of the movie theme from “Jaws” to students’ delight.

Hollin and students showed kids the different instruments used in their performance. Hollin discussed how a viola was larger than a violin and how each had four strings but different ranges of notes. Hollin introduced each performance piece with its historical context and provided fun anecdotes, explanations of classical music terms and engaging questions for students.

One of Respighi’s “Antique Aires and Dances” evoked the feel of a warm Italian day at the beach and a beautiful Italian girl walking there, Hollin said.

“El Relicario” a Spanish pasodoble or two-step, was originally played during bullfighting centuries back. “The Texians” was about a Texan and Mexican battle 200 years ago-the Alamo.

Hollin said their cellists used their fingers to pluck the strings -– a term known as pizzicato -- instead of using their bows on one piece. He noted that cello soloist Kassandra Simmons will be majoring in cello performance in college and plans to play cello professionally. How much fun would that be to make a living playing your instrument, he asked the audience.

Senior and violinist Elizabeth Vicarte was also a scientist and a national robotics champion, Hollin said. She wants to attend Harvard. Her sister Stella was also a violinist. Their ensemble had first string and second string violins that were featured in several musical pieces.

At the end of their presentation, Hollin said that he hoped when teachers asked how many students were interested in playing a musical instrument that many more students would raise their hands. He noted after the concert that part of their mission is to give back to the community through their school performances.

Hollin is the lead instrumental teacher at the Barbara Ingram School For the Arts, which opened in 2009. He has been a music teacher and band director for school orchestras for 40 years, with his orchestras, bands and ensembles receiving superior ratings at adjudications and special recognitions for their exceptional level of performance. Hollin was also the music director and conductor of the Missoula (Montana) Youth Symphony and serves as music director and senior conductor of the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra.

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