MSO Partnership Brings Magic to Snow Hill Middle School

MSO Partnership Brings Music Magic to Snow Hill Middle School
Posted on 03/26/2018
Earlier this month, fifty-five Grade 7 and 8 Band Students at Snow Hill Middle School sat on the school stage and played “Gypsydance” by David Holsinger for the small audience in attendance. They played it beautifully. Their Band Director, Charlotte Tribbett, had created a very special day for her stu-dents by inviting professional musicians from the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) to visit the school and work with these young, but engaged, instrumental music students. What happened was magical.

Five MSO musicians playing clarinet, flute, percussion, trombone and trumpet, provided instruction dur-ing the morning in small-group sectionals, highlighting and reinforcing skills and techniques, guiding students through discussions about practices like playing together as a team, using accents, and getting the best sounds from their instruments.

The students played “Gypsydance” early in the school day when the musicians arrived (after trekking the miles to Snow Hill from the Baltimore area), then again shortly before their departure. That is when the real magic happened. The improved performance of the tune was “notable” — to the students themselves, their instructors for the day, and especially, their pleased band director, Mrs. Tribbett.

This program and others presented in several of Worcester County schools during the 2017-18 school year, was made possible, thanks to the commitment to music education by the MSO, and thanks to the generous funding by Mr. Michael Jahnigen of Frankford, Delaware.