A Union of Music

Wind Ensemble and Varsity Orchestra Merge for Spring Concert

Meghan Helton, Reporter

School is coming to a close and soon we’ll be welcoming the new year. To celebrate the end of this long nine months, the musical groups will perform their annual Spring Concerts. This year, however, the two varsity instrumental groups will join each other on the stage for the grand finale to an amazing year.

“A full orchestra concert is something we don’t usually get to do because of everyone’s schedules,” says Loy Studer, director of both groups. “We just thought, ‘Why not?’”

Wind Ensemble, the varsity band group, is composed of Rider’s top wind and percussion players and conducted by head band director Loy Studer. This ensemble usually includes the musicians who made into the UIL Region Bands last winter, setting them apart from the rest of the band. Hand picked by the directors and held to the highest standard a musician can be, these students won’t disappoint.

“Wind Ensemble is a collection of dedicated people that enjoy making music and want a challenge,” says junior Ethan Hughes, a clarinet player. “Mister Studer works super hard to get everyone to their max potential.”

Not to be overlooked, the varsity orchestra also has a reputation for superior performances. This group is composed of the best string players, some of which are very talented multi-instrumentalists. Much like all of the bands, orchestra participates in annual UIL competitions which usually end with sweepstakes.

“We play harder music like Wind Ensemble,” says Senior Kevin Phan, a viola and baritone saxophone player. “But he [Studer] doesn’t spend as much time working things out because we should already know what to do.”

The concert was scheduled for Monday, May 20, but was unfortunately cancelled due to severe weather conditions. With the end of the school year just around the corner, the concert will not be rescheduled.