Woodcreek Middle School Chamber Orchestra pose with their 2016-2017 UIL Sweepstakes trophy.

Woodcreek Middle School Chamber Orchestra was named a Commended Winner in the 2017 Mark of Excellence National Orchestra Honors project. The Mark of Excellence is a national school music contest that honors secondary music programs and ensembles for high standards in performance. This project is sponsored by The Foundation for Music Education.

At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, Woodcreek Middle orchestra directors, Heather Davis and Fernando Schirmer, submitted two musical performance recordings from earlier in the school year. The music competition was judged by Anthony Maiello and Jeff Grogan, two well-versed musicians and Artistic Directors.  After waiting all summer to hear back they were honored to get the news of the orchestra being named a Commended Winner. The school was one of 13 ensembles chosen for this title. 

“This was the first time we submitted our orchestra’s music for an award,” Davis said. “Winning this honor will set the standard of the orchestra moving forward.”

Although several of the students who participated in orchestra last year are now freshmen in high school, the current eighth graders are striving to get a national winner title. Davis and Schirmer are very proud of their student’s accomplishments and look forward to submitting their work in future competitions. Davis believes this honor will keep the students motivated to practice their music and reach their goals of being a national award-winning organization.  

Currently, the Woodcreek orchestra students are preparing for their fall performance. The Hauntcert will take place 6 p.m. on Oct. 25

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