Thomasville City Schools Rose City Strings Program middle school students traveled to Florida State University campus in the College of Music on Saturday, February 4, 2017 under the direction of Dr. Sally Hernandez and Colleen Manseau to compete in the American String Teacher Association North Florida String Festival. Twenty-five students attended, forming 8 groups and all were awarded Gold, the highest rating. Students performed duets, trios, and quartets in chamber groups for Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. The adjudicators were complimentary of each group and spent several minutes with each group as a coach to help them improve. Rose City Strings Program “gold-winning” entries were as follows: “Mairie’s Wedding/Romanza” - Armani Miller (violin), Amber Booker (violin), Logan Delarber (viola), and Aubrey Sawyer (cello); “The Skye Boat Song” - Azariah Hooks (violin), Clara Clifton, (viola), Alivia Corker (cello), and Carly House (violin); “America the Beautiful” - Sarah Harper (violin) and Sydney Jackson (violin); “Sagebrush Overture” - Hannah Robinson (violin), Jaron King (cello), and Ja’Lycia Ware (viola); “Swallowtail Jig” - Allie Bellamy (violin) and Patricia Robinson (violin); “La Russe” - Anne Martin Lutes (violin), Leah Brady (violin), Zachary Meeks (cello), and Nyriannah Forbes (viola); “Simple Gifts” - Karis Lane (violin) and Katey Harwood (violin); “William Tell Overture” - Will Cone (cello), Kameron Wallace (violin), and Macy Taylor (violin).
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