by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Back row, left to right: Jay Choi, Joycie Yu, Michael Canova, Ashley Zolp, Anna Co and Henry Ha. Front row: Grace Cheng, Kasey Ha, Tracy Ku, Rachel Kim and Sarah Wozniak.Clackamas High School orchestra director Lisa Hanson is not surprised that 13 of her students in the chamber orchestra class have been chosen for two separate upcoming concert events — All Northwest Conference Concert and All State Orchestra.

Both events take place at the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday, Feb. 17; the All Northwest concert is at 2 p.m. and the All State concert follows at 4:15 p.m.

“These are not only the top students in the orchestra classes; they are also the top students in the school in academics. Music makes you smart,” she said.

The students are also hard working, take music lessons outside of class and do community service, helping those in need, Hanson said.

The chamber orchestra consists of 37 students playing stringed instruments, and two pianists. All the students must audition for this class, and the audition they do to get into this orchestra is similar to the ones they must do to be eligible for the honor groups, Hanson said.

“I treat them like professionals,” she added.

Two of Hanson’s students, seniors Jeana Yee and Kevin Hendrix, were chosen for All Northwest, but Hendrix will be unable to take part, because he has a college audition the same day.

Yee, a violinist, and Hendrix, a cellist, auditioned in the fall; they were among hundreds of students from Alaska, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Yee is looking forward to “meeting with students from the entire Pacific Northwest and playing amazing music,” she said.

The young musicians will rehearse for three days, and this leads up to “a huge concert,” Yee added.

The concert will include a work by Tchaikovsky, an overture by Carl Maria von Weber and “Sensemaya,” an orchestral work by the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, Yee said.

All State Orchestra

Eleven CHS students were chosen for the All State Orchestra, and they make up the largest group from CHS in the history of the school, Hanson said.

They are: violists, Michael Canova, Kasey Ha, Joycie Yu and Ashley Zolp; double bass player, Jay Choi; cellists, Rachel Kim and Grace Cheng; and violinists, Anna Co, Henry Ha, Tracy Ku and Sarah Wozniak.

The orchestra will play Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony.”

Juniors Yu, Ha and Wozniak said they were looking forward to playing with other musicians and getting the whole orchestra experience playing a full symphony. This is Wozniak’s second year playing in the All State Orchestra, she said.

Zolp, a freshman, and Canova, a sophomore, said they are happy to have been deemed skilled enough to be accepted to the honor group as underclassmen.

Co, a junior, said she has been playing violin for six or seven years, and what she likes best about the instrument is the fact that its sound “is the closest to the human voice.”

Juniors Kim and Cheng also commented on the sound of the cello, their instrument.

“It has a deeper tone than a violin,” Kim said, while Cheng described the tone as “rich and strong.”

Choi, also a junior, plays the largest instrument in the orchestra, the double bass.

It is his fourth year playing the instrument, which he described as keeping the beat, the foundation of the piece being played.

Although Kasey Ha and Ku, both seniors, were chosen to represent CHS in the All State Orchestra, they decided not to participate this year. They enjoyed their experience as part of the group last year, they said, but chose to give up their spots so someone else could have a chance.

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