Orchestras showcase progress at UIL

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Michael Martin

Rehearsing for their UIL contest during class, Camerata is the top orchestra on campus. All five Redhawk orchestras will be competing in the UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest this week.

Hannah Beeler, Guest Contributor

Orchestra hopes to level up their performances Tuesday through Thursday at the annual UIL performance at Plano East High School and Reedy High School

“UIL is a concert and sight reading evaluation where orchestras play for a set of three judges and are evaluated on their tone, intonation, style, articulation, and more,” assistant director of orchestras Victoria Lien said. “It is not a competition.”

The school’s five orchestras have been preparing for the event since the start of the semester.

“We’ve had sectionals and a full orchestra rehearsal both once a week and we have class time to play and work on things,” viola player Sarah Boutouis said. “Multiple clinicians have also come in and worked with the orchestras”.

Harpist Emily Santoso believes UIL will benefit herself and the orchestra. 

”UIL benefits the orchestra because it gives us a standing on how well we are performing as an orchestra,” Santoso said. “This event will also help me gain more concert experience and it gives me a perspective on how well I play with the orchestra”.