• 70°

Reardon performs with Alabama All-State Orchestra

The Alabama All-State Orchestra welcomed a Madison musician into its ranks, Katherine Reardon.

An eighth-grader at Discovery Middle School, Reardon plays string bass. She attended the all-state festival on Feb. 9-12 in Moody Music Hall on the University of Alabama campus.

“Katherine was the only student we had that auditioned for the All-State Orchestra this year,” Discovery director of bands Johnny Nash said. “Making all-state on any level is an accomplishment that stays on your record for the rest of your life. It means that you are among the best in the state.”

In addition, a seat in the state orchestra means “working and performing with other top players who have the same aspirations for excellence that you do,” Nash said.

Students auditioned for all-state by memorizing and playing all major scales, sight reading and preparing two excerpts from the musical program that the orchestra presented as the festival finale.

“Auditions are done on video and submitted to the Alabama Orchestra Association,” Nash said. “The results were released in late November.”

“I think that I did a good job at all-state,” Reardon said. “I was nervous at the chair auditions but, when results came out and I got first chair, I wasn’t worried any more.”

Reardon enjoyed performing with her musical peers. “I cannot wait to try out for next year,” she said. “It was a great experience.”

For the closing concert, the orchestra played “Concerto Grosso, Movements 1, 2 and 4” by Earnest Bloch and “Brook Green Suite” by Gustav Holst. “The pieces were challenging but were very exciting to play,” Reardon said. “The concerto was the most difficult because of the multiple solos and changing meters (time signatures).”

Michael Grayliardo, the festival orchestra conductor, “made a huge impression on me,” Reardon said. “He was a fantastic conductor, and I learned a lot from him. He was fun to work with. I hope I will meet him again.”

Back in Madison, Reardon plays string bass with the Discovery Wind Ensemble. Her parents are Pat and Jeanine Reardon.

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mustang Mud Run- “Mud Head To Toe”

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mattress Sale To Aid James Clemens Football Program

Bob Jones High School

Madison Visionary Partners awards 5 Community Impact Grants

James Clemens High School

Students Neyan Sezhian, Erik Wu originate James Clemens Math Tournament

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones bests rival James Clemens in Game 1 of weekend series

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 17, 2024

Events

Check out the 2024-25 edition of “Explore Huntsville-Madison”

Bob Jones High School

Business, Army groups offer scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Optimists award teacher grants, essay winners

Liberty Middle School

Kristen Brown named finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year

Madison

Journey Math Team makes mark in 2 tourneys

Bob Jones High School

Artwork by Charity Stratton on exhibit at library

Harvest

Madison City Community Orchestra to present ‘Eroica’ on April 20-21

Events

Orion Amphitheater kicks off its third concert season tonight

James Clemens High School

James Clemens HOSA overshadows conference competitors

Harvest

It’s Spring! Plant sale returns to Huntsville Botanical Garden

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC aces first try at obstacle course

Discovery Middle School

Clifton, Francois earn grants to enhance study of German

Bob Jones High School

Fantasy Playhouse summer camps to open in Madison

Discovery Middle School

Hogan Family YMCA to celebrate Healthy Kids Day

Bob Jones High School

Students in grades 3-5 to compete in Bob Jones Science Challenge

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

James Clemens Football Hosting Annual Mattress Sale

James Clemens High School

James Clemens baseball hot at the right time

Discovery Middle School

Register for Summer Spotlight Theatre Camp at James Clemens

x