Student Life

RE musicians earn strong ratings

The brand-new RE Symphony Orchestra put forth an impressive effort in its first-ever district music performance assessment in March, highlighting a strong month for RE's upper school student musicians at four district events. The 54-member symphony under the direction of Jon Hamm and Scott O'Donnell received superior and excellent ratings from judges and an overall Excellent rating at the Florida Orchestra Association Middle School and High School Concert Music Performance Assessment for District 16 on March 13-16. At that event, RE's 17-member Advanced Chamber Ensemble earned straight superior ratings and an overall rating of Superior under the direction of O'Donnell.
About a week later, on March 20, two RE symphonic band members traveled to Wellington, Fla., to perform in the Florida Bandmasters Association State Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment. Andrew Gedde '25 performed the Grade 7 solo "Fantaisie Impromptu" by Frederic Chopin, and Sofia Rakhimi '25 played the Grade 5 Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Both performances drew high praise from the state adjudicator and both earned the highest rating given by the association, Superior with Distinction. 

Finally, at a separate district music performance assessment in Boca Raton on March 7, the RE Combined Symphonic Band, conducted by Hamm, earned superior ratings from the sight reading adjudicator and excellent ratings from the three concert adjudicators for an overall rating of Excellent. All of the members of the symphony had been rehearsing before and after school as well as during lunch throughout the school year in preparation for the MPAs.
All three of these groups, along with RE's Advanced Vocal Ensemble, will be performing in a special major works concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, during Alumni Weekend. The program will feature music by Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Hector Berlioz, Alfred Reed, John Philip Sousa, and Edward Elgar.
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 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.