Local musicians perform in string honor orchestra

Among those performing with the West Virginia University High School String Honor Orchestra in Morgantown were Rachael Puls of Parkersburg, junior, violin, home schooled; Noah Parker, senior, cello, Parkersburg High School; Abigail Kapple, junior, cello, Belpre High School; Simone Geogerian, senior, cello, Washington State Community College/Marietta High School, and Avonlea Ansell, sophomore, violin, home schooled. (Photo Provided)

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University High School String Honor Orchestra, under the direction of Mitchell Arnold, performed on Saturday in the Creative Arts Center at WVU.

Among those performing with the West Virginia University High School String Honor Orchestra in Morgantown were Rachael Puls of Parkersburg, junior, violin, home schooled; Noah Parker, senior, cello, Parkersburg High School; Abigail Kapple, junior, cello, Belpre High School; Simone Geogerian, senior, cello, Washington State Community College/Marietta High School, and Avonlea Ansell, sophomore, violin, home schooled, Parkersburg.

Geogerian was chosen as a principal cellist out of 23 cellists in the orchestra.

The Honor Orchestra performed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens Suite” by Williams, Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance,” “Greensleeves” by Vaughan Williams, and Stokowski’s arrangement of “Sheep Shall Safely Graze.”

Additionally, each section worked with members of the string faculty and performed a section soli. The concert was part of Honor String Weekend at WVU from Feb. 22-24.

The local cellists are from The Cello Company in Parkersburg under the direction of Cynthia Puls. The violinists are from the Violin Class of David Puls, of Parkersburg.

A total of 127 high school string players were members of the honor orchestra.

The music was chosen by the director, Mitchell Arnold. The string faculty worked throughout the event with the students. Instructors were Mikylah Myers McTeer, violin; Professor Andrea Priester House, viola; Erin Ellis, cello, and Andrew Kohn, double bass.

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