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TPS Chamber Orchestra Wins Special High School Distinction Award from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

FROM THE ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA :

February 10, 2017

Orlando, Fla. — The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to announce the awardees of the Second Annual Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra High School Orchestra of Distinction program.

High school orchestras from Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties were invited to submit their top orchestras to participate in the program in fall 2016. First-round participants were evaluated through a written application discussing their successes in connecting with their communities as well as an anonymous, recorded auditions that was judged by local high school orchestra experts. Five orchestras proceeded to the semi-final round of judging. Judges attended the Winter Concerts performed at each of the semi-finalist schools.

The following five schools were named semi-finalists:

Dr. Phillips High School (Raine Allen, director)
Freedom High School (Brian Hellhake and Suzanne Vascik, directors)
Olympia High School (Brandon Bangle, director)
Timber Creek High School (Staci Conkling, director)
Trinity Preparatory School (Maureen May, director)

This year's Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra High School Orchestra of Distinction, directed by Stacy Conkling, is Timber Creek High School.

A special award was also presented to Trinity Preparatory School, naming them the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra High School Orchestra in the Wings, directed by Maureen May, who is also a Philharmonic musician and director of the Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony.

Writer: Cristina Venturini, cventurini@orlandophil.org, 407-896-6700

To view the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's press release, click here.

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