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MS strings back at Swenson Hall

Ransom Everglades middle school strings students donned masks – masquerade and COVID-19 – for a happy milestone: the school’s first in-theater, evening performance in 19 months. The October 8 orchestra event called “Masquerade Ball” showcased the beginning, intermediate and advanced/chamber orchestras in front of delighted family members, friends, administration and faculty members at Swenson Hall.

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Strings teachers Jessica Carrasquillo and Scott O’Donnell introduced their students to start the evening, and archivist Katrina Patchett served as a behind-the-scenes master of ceremonies. The Beginning Orchestra played two pieces composed by O’Donnell: “Peace” and “Suite for Strings”; both, he said, offered a four-part harmony designed to teach them to listen to each other and play together.

The Intermediate Orchestra performed “The Abandoned Funhouse” and “The Blue Danube Waltz,” and the Advanced/Chamber Orchestra played “Barcarolle” and “Cavatina.”

The Intermediate/Advanced/Chamber performed “Finlandia” to conclude the showcase.

Beginning Orchestra
Fawaz Abu Tayeh ’28
Noah Alce ’28
Noah Cantor ’28
Edwin Carr ’26
Harlan Hoenig ’28
Joshua Khohayting ’28
Brayden McDaniel ’27
Andrea Medina ’28
Ivan Reyna ’27
Jeffery Tong ’28
Ronald Williams ’28
Intermediate Orchestra
Samuel Bussel-Alonso ’27
Zachary Corbin-Cheah ’27
Andres Fonseca ’27
Nicolas Motoki ’27
Advanced/Chamber Orchestra
Ivanna Barroso Ruiz ’28
Edmond Baudin de la Valette ’27
Gianna Carvalho ’26
Eva Cunningham ’27
Emma Fayad ’27
Tariq Maduro ’26
Sloane Mason ’27
Alicia Medina ’26
Ethan Moskovitz ’27
Charlie Reizenstein ’26
RE String Orchestra Faculty
Jessica Carrasquillo
Scott O’Donnell
Arn Xu, Piano Accompanist
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.