Gordon musicians continue to make music this year, despite the safety moratorium on singing in person. Zoom rehearsals after school allow students to connect with each other, pursue high-level musical achievement and nurture their lifelong attachment to artistic self-expression.
Six of these musicians (above) recently passed a rigorous audition process to earn invitations to the annual Rhode Island Music Educators All State Music festival. The festival is happening over video this year; these students were selected from among seventh, eighth and ninth graders representing eighty-four Rhode Island middle schools and high schools. After multiple Zoom rehearsals, they will be part of a video for the state's virtual mixed chorus, treble chorus, or orchestra.
In 2009, Kayla Campbell '11 chose to take a chance and audition for the All State Festival, making her the first Gordon student in anyone's memory to try out. In the eleven years since then, sixty-eight Gordon students have passed the auditions and invited to participate. This year, the final product will be a video, not a performance at Providence's Veteran's Memorial Auditorium: a little less glamorous than previous year's, but no less distinguished.
The high school level of this year's festival is also full of Gordon musicians:
Dylan Bean '18 - double bass, Senior Jazz Band
Ella Bogdahn '17 - soprano, Senior Mixed Chorus
Dimitri Daskalopoulos '18 - violin, Senior Orchestra - 1st chair!
Leenah Gibbs '19 - alto, Senior Treble Chorus
Audrey Lee '19 - alto, Senior Treble Chorus
Evelyn McAdam '17 - tuba, Senior Band
Emma Platt '18 - soprano, Senior Treble Chorus
Andrew Song '20 - bass, Junior Mixed Chorus and cello, Junior Orchestra