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Annual Strings Spectacular a Huge Success

The Monroe County Community School Corporation’s orchestra students performed in the Annual Strings Spectacular Concert on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at Bloomington High School South.
More than 500 students from every school in the MCCSC comprise the corporation’s orchestra program. This year’s concert in 2016 marked the 29th annual String Spectacular event. The event was started by Jane Gouker, MCCSC Orchestra chairperson and teacher, in the 1980's shortly after the MCCSC established the 5th and 6th grade elementary portion of the program. The orchestra program is available throughout the MCCSC system, and is open to all students 5th grade and up.
The orchestra program involves student musicians from 5th grade through 12th grade representing every single elementary school, middle school, in addition to Bloomington High Schools North and South.  Audience members were treated to hearing the beginning string players of 5th grade, proceeding through the continuing orchestra of 6th graders, a combined middle school orchestra, and finally the award winning Hoosier Youth Philharmonic (HYP), the combined high school orchestras, that has earned national recognition. Listeners heard the progression of abilities, techniques, and musicianship from the four orchestras as the performances moved across the gymnasium floor from group to group.
Next month, the HYP will be traveling to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
 Photo Credits (story and homepage)Anna Brown-student, Bloomington High School South