Three PCD students earned a great honor by being selected to perform at the All-State Music Festival this past weekend. Seniors Julianna Dick (violin) and Laura McCarty (bassoon) were selected for the Senior All-State Orchestra. Eighth grader Idalia Beerman-Rodriguez (voice) was selected for the Junior All-State Mixed Chorus.
Organized by the Rhode Island Music Educators Association, the annual All-State Festival includes performances by choruses, orchestras, wind bands, guitar ensembles, and jazz bands. It is an extremely competitive event, with students across the state auditioning every fall for spots in these ensembles. Visiting conductors lead the rehearsals and concerts every March.
Michelle Ouhrabka, PCD's Performing Arts Teacher, commends the hard work the students put into the process and the benefits they can gain from auditioning for All-State. "It's a really good opportunity to put serious time into something, really prepare, and get some feedback from someone else." Ouhrabka even offers individual time to her students every fall in order to help them better prepare for the audition.
Ouhrabka enjoys bringing PCD students to All-State, saying "it's challenging to get a spot, and it builds confidence and does so much for them." The concerts are a great opportunity to perform with the top music students in Rhode Island and work with guest conductors who are brought in from schools and universities around the northeast.
The achievements of PCD seniors Julianna Dick and Laura McCarty are especially notable. This is Julianna's sixth year participating in All-State; it is Laura's fifth. Julianna, the third chair violinist in the Senior All-State Orchestra, will attend Boston University this fall and participate in orchestra there. Laura McCarty, the only bassoonist selected for Senior All-State Orchestra, has been invited to rehearse and perform with the Rhode Island Army National Guard's "Governor's Own" 88th Army Band this spring and summer.