Lanier Middle School Orchestra Receives National Honor

October 8, 2008

Lanier Middle School Sinfonia, Lanier’s advanced orchestra, has been recognized nationally. Sinfonia, directed by Charles Tittsworth, has been selected by the National Orchestral Honors Project as a Commended Winner.

The National Orchestral Honors Project is a national competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter of orchestras are selected as National Winners, and the second quarter receive Commended Honors.

“Lanier’s orchestras, under the direction of Charles Tittsworth, are amazingly accomplished young musicians,” said Lanier Principal Bill Shell. “At regional contests these young people excel when competing against high school programs. One of the pleasures in my day is stopping by the auditorium to listen to the orchestras practice. You must hear them to appreciate the music they create.”

The adjudicator for the project was Larry Livingston. Livingston is chair of the Conducting Department, and music director of the Thornton School Orchestras at the University of Southern California. The Lanier orchestra will receive recorded and written comments and suggestions from the adjudicator, as well as a compilation CD of the winning performances that will be sent to all entrants.

“This extraordinary group of young musicians not only plays difficult music with amazing skill, but performs with a beautiful tone and fine musicianship beyond their years. They are a joy to work with,” said Tittsworth, Lanier orchestras’ director.

“The Lanier orchestra is a fine example for orchestras everywhere, and a credit to your district,” said Rick Yancey, National Orchestra Honors Project Director.

Adriana Tamez, Central Region Superintendent said, “The Central Region is very proud of the honors bestowed upon the Lanier Middle School Sinfonia. This prestigious honor acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the director, Mr. Tittsworth, and all the student members of the Sinfonia. Lanier Middle School enjoys a fine reputation in our community and programs such as the Sinfonia demonstrate the enriching educational experiences the school offers its students.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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