Tuesday, June 1, 2010

`Iolani Select Middle School Orchestra Wins National Orchestra Competition

Santa Clara, California - Hawaii's own `Iolani Middle School Orchestra is now ranked number one in the nation following a stunning performance at the American String Teacher's Association's 2010 National Orchestra Festival.

Six middle school orchestras from around the nation were chosen to compete in the Middle School Orchestra division. `Iolani Orchestra Director Katharine Hafner was notified in September that the group had been selected. Students rehearsed before and after school, on weekends, and on holidays.

"These kids worked extremely hard," says Ms. Hafner. "We are proud to be able to demonstrate, at a national forum, the excellence of our student musicians."

While in California, the group performed at a public school in San Francisco, visited museums, a redwood forest, and toured an elephant seal breeding ground.

The National Orchestra Festival is an annual event, bringing together orchestras from around that nation and providing a performance opportunity in a national setting. 17 orchestras from several states attended this year's competition which was held at the Santa ClaraConvention Center in Santa Clara, California. This was `Iolani School's first application to a national event.

Each orchestra was required to play a minimum of 20 minutes of music. `Iolani’s program included: The Entrance and March of the Guests from Tannhauser by Richard Wagner, Air by Emil Kalled, Fantasia Espanola by Soon-Hee Newbold, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair byClaude Debussy, and Mantras by Richard Meyer.


Katharine Hafner at `Iolani School
Orchestra Director
'Iolani School
Office - (808) 934-2244
Email - khafner@iolani.org

note: Rep. Shimabukuro and her Office Manager Colleen Teramae are both proud graduates of Iolani School.

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