By Diamond Jones, News Writer
On November 23 three Keenan students were at the Lexington One Performing Arts Center (LOPAC) at 5:00 P.M., to perform an excerpt from an etude. Seniors Clinton Bouyer, Jocelyn Grace, and Jonathan Evans performed at the Region Orchestra Festival.
“The South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA) sponsors the All-Region Orchestra festival each November. It is when students get together and prepare for an etude and an excerpt concerto,” Ms. Christi Lewis, Orchestra Director said.
Bouyer, Grace and Evans were both excited to be able to perform in the festival. Students from grades six to 12 participated in the festival.
For Bouyer and Grace, this was their first time participating in the SCMEA Midlands Region Orchestra festival. Both also play the same instrument, the violin.
“I never been nervous to perform,” Bouyer said.
Evans and Grace agreed with Bouyer that they weren’t nervous to audition for the festival.
Grace admitted she was glad she finally made the SCMEA Regions festival her senior year after trying for four years. This was Bouyer’s and Grace’s first time performing in this special event.
“It can be difficult for violinists to make All Region because there are so many violin students in our area,” Lewis said.
The three students felt honored and privileged to be able to participate in the SCMEA All Region festival.
“I am extremely proud of our three student members of the All-Region Orchestra! This is the first time that Clinton and Jocelyn made the orchestra! Their persistence has paid off. This will be Jonathan’s fifth or sixth year being a bass member of the All-Region Orchestra,” Lewis said.
On November 22, and students rehearsed with their designated group. The culminating performance was 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 23, at the LOPAC.