Orchestra and band students in Frisco ISD will have an opportunity to learn from members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in an exciting opportunity this spring.
For the seventh year in a row, DSO musicians will provide instruction to brass, woodwinds and strings. Historically, different instruments are selected for this unique collaborative learning opportunity each year.
DSO musicians will offer tips regarding tone, tempo, breathing and more to students playing the flute, oboe, french horn, trumpet, violin and viola.
Deborah Baron, associate principal flute and piccolo, and Willa Henigman, associate principal oboe, will conduct master classes for flutes and oboes.
Haley Hoops, horn, and Kevin Finamore, trumpet, will conduct the french horn and trumpet classes.
Eunice Keem, associate concertmaster, and David Sywak, viola, will conduct violin and viola classes in March.
The classes are arranged to feel small and personal, including for spectators who will learn as the professional musicians provide information that will benefit learners at all levels. Teachers and other student musicians are invited to watch the interactions as well.
The opportunity to learn from world-class musicians can lead to lasting impacts.
“I attended one of the Dallas Symphony master classes and got a chance to play for Haley Hoops. It was an incredible opportunity to get constructive feedback from a world-class musician,” said Jackson Prasifka, a Heritage High School french horn student. “The wonderful partnership between Frisco ISD and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has made a remarkable impact on my musical experience.”
The master class schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial High School – flute and oboe
- Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Frisco High School – french horn and trumpet
- Monday, March 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Reedy High School – violin and viola
The free sessions are open to all FISD students in grades 6-12.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra recently held a concert at Stonebriar Community Church as part of its DSO On The Go series where audience members were treated to Dvořák’s New World Symphony. To learn more about the DSO and their musicians click here.