WMS seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra students work with clinician Barbara Flooding.
On February 27 the Winona Middle School (WMS) combined seventh- and eighth-grade orchestras performed together at the Minnesota Middle Level Orchestra Festival in Stillwater, Minn. Constructive feedback from two judges included comments commending students for their polished articulation, compliments on their balance between voices, and praise for their stylistic performance. The WMS Orchestra received overall “superior” ratings from each judge on a rubric that covered areas of musical expression, tone, rhythm, intonation, bowing, and ensemble. Following the performance, they worked with clinician Barbara Flooding, one of the directors of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, who helped them take their use of dynamics to the next level. As part of the festival, the WMS orchestra students were also able to listen to three other middle-level orchestras from different areas of the state. Participation in this year’s festival was made possible largely through support of Strings in Motion.