The Chamber Orchestra was named a National Winner in the string orchestra category, submitting last year’s performances of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3, movement 1, and Thomas Canning’s Fantasy on a Hymn Tune by Justin Morgan.
Congratulations to the Plano West students who earned placement in the All-Region Orchestras today! Students marked with an * have qualified for the All-State recording screening round on October 22.
Iris Lin (2*), Ashley Tauhert (4*), Samantha Liu (8*), Daniel Liang (10*), Anqy Tong (21*), Andy Qiao (22*), Meige Lu (32*), Sua Park (34*), Jimmy Ding (40*), Sanjana Shriram (41*), Emily Huong (43, first screening round alternate)
Kesavan Venkatesh (4), Kevin Fang (9), Harrison Wu (10), Jeff Weng (12), Katie Brown (13), Shirley Yu (21), Ayush Iyer (26), Shikhar Gupta (30), Edison Huong (36), Kimberly Tsao (37), Audrey Sun (38), Ting Mao (42), Christopher Wang (alternate)
Shido Nakajima (1), Betel Berhame (alternate)
Raghav Sriram (5*), Grace Zhu (7*), Eric Zhang (13*), Andrew Yu (15*)
Yenna Lee-Gannon (1*), Johnathan Shih (4*), Hanna Sung (8), Darren Huang (9*), Nicole Widjaja (13*), Samantha Tsai (14), Katherine Chen (Alternate)
Thomas Minchew (8),
Ethan Tan (1*), Bryan Han (2*), Eddi Xu (3*), Jett Wang (6*), Shenai Chan (8*)
Abhinav Godavarthi (4*), Catherine Yang (9*), Albert Chen (12*), Vincent Huang (13*), Felicia Lien (14*), Kihan Sung (alternate)
Kevin Meng (1*), Jonathan Vasilyev (6*)
Jackson Benjamin (1*), Ishaan Roy (3*), Matthew Grover (5*), Caroline Peters (6*)
String Orchestra Bass
Anish Singh (alternate)
Want to place an ad in the Plano West Orchestra’s concert programs for the 2018-2019 school year? Complete our form and return by October 5. Students, be sure to put your name on the bottom of any flyers you distribute.
Below, you will find a link to find your orchestra placement for next school year. Students are listed by student ID number in a randomized order that does not reflect your placement within your ensemble.
The nature of auditions is that some people are happy with their placements, but others feel some disappointment. Please understand that Mrs. Gross and I spent a great deal of time working through the audition results to guarantee that everyone is in the group that will allow them to succeed, but also to become better musicians. Most importantly, please don’t let the results define you as a musician or as a person. In the end, none of this matters that much. But the work that you will do (or not do) means everything about who you will become as a person.
If you’re disappointed, please consider a few points:
1. The level of competition at West is high. Really high. The upside of this is that all of our orchestras really play beyond their apparent level. For example, the third orchestra at West is playing at a level much higher than the top orchestra at most schools in Texas. Regardless of the group you’re in, it is going to be good.
2. It is totally normal to be in a “lower” group at West than you were in at Shepton or Jasper. Juniors, remember that you were auditioning against seniors with more experience and against talented players from the other high school. Believe me, though, that the level of music we will be playing in the groups will not in any way be a step back from what you are accustomed to.
Later in the summer, counselors will let us know if there are conflicts in your schedule. Mrs. Gross and I will work those out for you – if there’s something we need to discuss with you in that regard, we will send you an email or call.
Please also note that we are going to 6 performing groups for next year. If you would have qualified for honors credit in the 5 orchestra setup, you still qualify in the 6 orchestra version. In short, we split the old Camerata and Philharmonia in to three orchestras (Kamer, Camerata, Philharmonia).
I’m so excited for our orchestra next year! This will be the largest Plano West Orchestra in history. Let’s make it a great year!
Are you a Plano West Orchestra alumni? Then join us on our last concert of the year for a developing orchestra tradition. We are going to end the May 23 concert with a special senior performance (Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera). Mid-performance, orchestra alumni will join the seniors to finish out the piece. Help transition the seniors to “alumni-hood” if you’re available!
The concert will be on May 23 at 6:30pm. The senior performance will be the last piece on the program, so it will happen at some point after 8:30pm. You will need to be in the orchestra room as Chamber Orchestra is performing their final piece (Disney Medley) – a student will come and bring you to where you need to be. Attire is casual…. if you have an old orchestra t-shirt, wear that!
We began this tradition two years ago, and we’ve worked out most of the kinks. The biggest difference this year from the past is that alumni will setup on the auditorium floor down in front of the stage.
If you want to participate, print out the music at the link above. (All piano and percussion parts will be covered by PWSH students. Do not print these parts) You will need to provide your own instruments. If you’re a cello or bass player, we MIGHT have a limited number of instruments to lend. Please email PWSH Orchestra Director Ryan Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire on a possible instrument-borrow. Violins – you can choose if you play Violin 1 or 2.
As marked in the music, the piece will begin with only seniors playing on stage. At measure 31, we will repeat back to 14, and on the repeat alumni will join. From there, the entire group will play to the end.
No need to RSVP this year. Our email database only goes back to 2011 or so. Please help spread the word to our alumni going all the way back to 2001!
The Plano West Chamber Orchestra is Chicago bound! We are beyond excited to share that we are an invited string orchestra for the 2018 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Performing groups are selected through a very competitive evaluation process, and performing at Midwest is considered a significant national honor. We’re excited for the opportunity and look forward to representing Texas along with some other great ensembles from our state! The group will travel in December of 2018.
Incoming juniors and seniors: Please find the audition music for next school year below.
Current Sophomores (incoming Juniors) will sign up with your high school director for a 5 minute audition the evening of April 30 – May 2, and current Juniors (next year’s Seniors) will audition during their class period the week of April 30.
Students who are transferring to Plano West (from outside the West Cluster or PISD), can email Mr. Ross at email@example.com to schedule an audition.
To access the audition music, use the links below. If you have any issues accessing the music, talk with the orchestra teacher at your campus.
Congrats to our recently selected junior officer team! It really was an unbelievably difficult process narrowing down the candidates, and we are so appreciative to everyone who was interested and interviewed. We really do have the best students in the world!
RESULTS ARE NOT POSTED IN ANY SPECIFIC ORDER.
We are extremely happy to share that Plano West has a record 18 All-Staters this year! This is the highest accomplishment a student can earn in the TMEA system, and we are beyond proud of the hard work these students invested!
Samantha Liu – 19, Symphony
Andy Qiao – 24, Symphony
Iris Lin – 30, Symphony
Tim Wang – 38, Symphony
Eric Zhang – 2, Symphony
Luke Fullington – 3, Symphony
Navin Ahire – 7, Symphony
Yenna Lee-Gannon – 15, Symphony
Kevin Lin – 18, Philharmonic
Johnathan Shih – 33, String
Hanna Sung – 34, String
Raghav Sriram – 38, String
Albert Chen – 12, Symphony
Shawn Ha – 14, Symphony
Jett Wang – 18, Philharmonic
Vincent Huang – 24, Philharmonic
Abhinav Godavarthi – 32, Philharmonic
Ethan Tan – 37, String
Angel Yi – 44, 2nd Alternate
Congratulations to all West students who made an amazing showing at All-Region today! The following number of students will tape for All-State for each instrument, so if you fall within that number, keep working that All-State music! 24 violins, 16 violas, 16 cellos. It’s possible some people will choose to not tape, so if you’re close, you may still get a chance. We’ll know more next week.
Samantha Liu – 1, Iris Lin – 2, Tim Wang – 5, Andy Qiao – 20, Sherry Su – 21, Eric Ye – 29, Harrison Wu – 31, Kevin Fang – 42
Kathleen Shao – 10, Richard Liu – 11, Sang Chung – 14, Brian Choi – 17, Leanna Butler – 22, Naho Shioyama – 26, Dylan Hylander – 30, Kelly Wang – 32, Jennifer Zhang – 33, Shikhar Gupta – 44, Chris Djinov – Alternate 9
Vangel Huang – 19
Eric Zhang – 1, Luke Fullington – 4, Kevin Lin – 6, Yenna Lee-Gannon – 8, Johnathan Shih – 9, Navin Ahire – 11, Hanna Sung – 14, Raghav Sriram – 15,
Lydia Ta – 1, Annette Tsong – 4, Daniel Shu – 5, Darren Huang – 9, Zoie Fan – 13, Samantha Tsai – 14,
Katherine Chen – 5
Jett Wang – 3, Ethan Tan – 6, Vincent Huang – 9, Albert Chen – 10, Abhinav Godavarthi – 14, Angel Yi – 15, Shawn Ha – 16
Collin McMahon – 12
Jorge Garcia-Undiano – 2, Nicole Hunter – 5
Blake Aldridge – 7, Matthew Grover – Alternate 3