On May 9, 2018, the District hosted the 62nd Annual Junior High/Middle School Honor Concert at the Rabobank Theater. This event features the outstanding musical talents of BCSD Jr. High and Middle School students. The ensembles include the 6th Grade Festival Orchestra, Honor Orchestra, Honor Band and Honor Choir. Students must pass a rigorous audition to earn membership in each of these groups. In the concert, four guest conductors led each of the ensembles. During rehearsals, the guest conductors provided professional development for our music faculty by modeling teaching techniques, providing the music faculty with feedback on instruction, and discussing teaching strategies. The grand finale of the concert featured all of the ensembles together performing George Harrison’s What is Life.
Cato Middle School Instrumental Music Teacher Daniel Hernandez was recognized by the Kern County Music Educators Association, or KCMEA, as the Kern County Orchestra Educator of the Year.
Stephen Johnson, Washington Middle School Music Teacher, and his Guitar Ensemble performed in the Lobby prior to the concert.
This year’s Middle School Festival Orchestra guest conductor was Mr. Randy Gilpin, recently retired instrumental music teacher with the Hart Union High School District. Ms. Gilpin is a leader in music education, having served as a board member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association for many years.
The Honor Orchestra guest conductor was Ms. Kay Crask. Ms. Crask is a former string teacher with the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District. Ms. Crask is active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout California.
The Honor Band guest conductor is Mr. Jose Vargas, Assistant Director of Bands at the Clovis North Education Center and Granite Ridge Intermediate School. Mr. Vargas is also a Past President of the Fresno-Madera County Music Educators Association.
The Honor Choir guest conductor was Ms. Molly Peters, music teacher with the Hart Union High School District. Ms. Peters is active on the Board of the California Choral Directors Association, and has served as an adjudicator for the District’s Standards Festival in the past.
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