Summer strings orchestra program held

Top string players in the Anoka-Hennepin School District converged for a summer strings orchestra program once again this year.

Jake Vidervol is one of 115 students in Anoka-Hennepin’s summer orchestra, a program for top string players in the district. Photo by Elyse Kaner

Jake Vidervol is one of 115 students in Anoka-Hennepin’s summer orchestra, a program for top string players in the district. Photo by Elyse Kaner

The two-week program, which was offered from July 8-11 and July 15-18, took place at Anoka Middle School for the Arts.

A total of 115 students, ranging from incoming sixth-graders to incoming seniors signed on.

The program is headed by Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School, and Jesse Peterson, strings teacher at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, Washington Campus.

Started in 2001 with about a dozen students, the program has grown “to averaging 115 to 120 students every summer,” Schaefle said.

In addition to continuing their practice over summer vacation, students learned new techniques and repertoire. They also met new friends.

The students presented an orchestra concert for the public at Anoka Middle School for the Arts the evening of July 18.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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