Story By Siri Surapaneni
Orchestra students from Clay Middle School and conductor Mr. Jeff Frizzi will compete in ISSMA on March 16th, 2018.
ISSMA is a competition for students to show their talent on their instruments. Students will perform for a panel of judges who will rank them in 4 categories. There are going to be opportunities for students to compete playing solo or in ensembles.
Clay Middle School orchestra students put in a lot of hard work and determination to prepare for ISSMA. Even with all the practice, once competition day arrives students have many intense feelings.
“I feel that performing in a big competition like ISSMA is nerve-wracking at the beginning but when you start playing you get in the rhythm and get relaxed,” said 7th grader, Arriya Arif.
" I feel that performing in a big competition like ISSMA is exciting because of the crowd and judges,” said 7th grader, Nora Perkins.
“When I am performing in a big competition like ISSMA, I feel nervous before I start performing, but after a while into the music, I feel more confident,” said 7th grader Christine Kim. Kim is a member of both Orchestra and Advanced String Ensemble.
Clay Middle School has been performing in ISSMA for many years and has ranked many times. When the seventh grade students participated in ISSMA last year they got gold with distinction. As you can see, Clay Middle School has a legacy and the orchestra students this year are destined to do great. Students practice for hours to master Blue Mountain and other songs. Students also have opportunities to perform in solos and place.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.