On March 4, the OUSD Orchestra Festival took place at Roosevelt Middle School. Nine schools, six choirs over 400 student musicians from high schools and middle schools across the district participated at the Festival. After a pre-performance rehearsal of the all-student pieces, under the baton of Maestro Michael Morgan of the Oakland Symphony, the students mingled over dinner with fellow musicians from around the district.
The Skyline HS Orchestra – this year 40 musicians strong – performed the Marche Militaire from the Suite Algerienne, composed by Camille Saint Saens. We also have several musicians that joined the MUSE VIVO Orchestra for their rendition of Hungarian Dances of Bela Bartock. And finally, our musicians joined the the OUSD Grand Orchestra and Choirs for a beautiful rendition of Glory – arranged by Mr. Allen (Oakland Tech) – and Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
We want to thank: Roosevelt MS for once again hosting our schools for this annual festival and showcasing our students’ talents; Maestro Morgan and the Oakland Symphony for supporting music education in OUSD; The VIVO orchestra mentors; Mr. Adam Green for working with our students and re-establishing a strong and thriving music program at Skyline; and all the parents that support our music programs throughout the district and at Skyline High School. If you’d like to learn more about supporting the Arts at Skyline, there are plenty of ways to get involved!
Please enjoy the videos below