Fisher Middle School’s 8th Grade Orchestra attended their first orchestra festival, the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) Junior High School Festival at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School on March 6, 2019. The 8th Grade Orchestra performed two pieces then worked with Dr. Joanne Erwin who was the judge at the festival.
Dr. Erwin, Professor Emerita of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory, earned her Bachelor’s (magna cum laude) and Master’s degree in Music Education at University of Illinois. At Oberlin she taught String Methods, String Pedagogy with an outreach project and Conducting. After teaching strings in public schools and Suzuki cello in Illinois and Texas she went on to earn her Ph.D. in String Pedagogy at University of North Texas.
The FMS 8th Grade Orchestra musicians were excellent ambassadors of Fisher Middle School and the Ewing Public Schools while performing in front of many other middle school teachers and students throughout the state. There were no scores or rankings, just comments from Dr. Erwin, the judge, on what the orchestra did well and what they could improve upon. Dr. Erwin commended the orchestra on their ability of how well they played together, how attentively they followed the conductor, Ms. Colleen Ferry, FMS Orchestra Director, and their good sense of tempo and rhythm during the performance. Ms. Ferry was very proud of their performance and their behavior.
If you have not had the opportunity to hear the FMS 8th Grade Orchestra perform please join us at the Fisher Middle School on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00PM, you will be truly impressed.