Middle school strings students show their progress at winter concert

The Middle School Winter Strings Concert at the Posner Lecture Hall on Feb. 28 felt as intimate as a living-room performance. Strings Music Director Scott O'Donnell addressed the crowd between pieces, sharing his goals for RE's strings students and providing insight into the selection of music for the evening's event. Throughout, he sounded much like a proud parent when talking about the students' progress in 2023-24.
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"It's been a distinct pleasure working with your children," O'Donnell said at the start of the night. "They have reached new levels. I have challenged them with new material, and it's been a joy ... I really pushed the groups this year to go beyond what they thought they could handle, and they've done very well."

After Director of Arts Shawn Costantino offered a welcome to the audience, the Beginning String Orchestra opened the concert with "Soldier's March" by Robert Schumann and "Rhythm Harmony Holiday" – one of the two "educational" pieces O'Donnell wrote just for his students. The Intermediate String Orchestra played "A Mozart Allegro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and "Medieval Wars" by Brian Balmages. The Advanced String Orchestra played Franz Joseph Haydn's "Presto" and another piece composed by O'Donnell: the fast-paced "Dragon Journey." 

Beginning String Orchestra
Violin 1
Felicia Bland ’30
Hannah May ’29
Mason Pearce ’30
Violin 2
Erin Cunningham ’30
Siena Satyanarayana ’30
Annabelle Ciocca ’28
Jackson Jones ’30
Georgie Karavetsos ’30
Jake Reinhard ’30
Beau Halpern ’30
Elizabeth Fernandez ’30
Celine Dubose ’30
Noah Lopes ’30

Intermediate String Orchestra
Violin 1
Ria Pabby ‘30
Jayden Thomas ‘29
Xaviera Awad ‘29
Sydney Forrester ‘29
Violin 2
Adam Rizvi ‘30
Enrique Teran ‘30
Maya Sigelman ‘30
Dani Vergara ‘28
Ryan Vinocur ‘28
Raif London ‘29
Jack Akselrad ‘28
Ciaran Clingan ‘29
Porter Sanderson ‘29
Aislin Moul ’29
Harlan Hoenig ’28
Julia Bernstein ’29
Jahan Jayanetti ’29

Advanced String Orchestra
Violin 1
Gillian Carvalho ’29
Eve Kingdon ’29
Lily Kingdon ’29
Ivanna Barroso Ruiz ’28
Violin 2
Esha Nagalla ’29
Becca Haywood ’29
Ethan Siesel ’30
Andrea Medina ’28
Karim Ghandour ’29
Scott O’Donnell
Strings Music Director

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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 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.