This evening was the Sheyenne High School holiday orchestra performance. It was held in the Commons area of the high school. The area is nicely suited for smaller performances like the one this evening. The group seems to get smaller each year. There were 60 9th and 10th graders performing tonight (of note, there are only 9th and 10th grade students at that site this year).
Yet even though they are a smaller group, they are still mighty. I was impressed with length and complexity of the pieces they performed this evening. Every single time I attend a performance I am reminded of how far they have come from where they started in 6th grade. From my perspective, 60 kids playing together at the level they did tonight is a Christmas miracle.
I imagine the orchestra teacher, Mrs. Klundt, has her hands full with this gaggle of 9th and 10th graders. In high school there are many things that compete for the kids’ attention and many distractions. To keep them all engaged and participating at the necessary level must be exhausting some days. Mrs. Klundt must have the patience of a saint. I only have one teenager and I want to pull out my hair on a regular basis, I cannot imagine 60.
As is true with all programs for such events, the performers and the director(s) are listed. The kids’ names were listed in a relatively large font, but Mrs. Klundt’s name was miniscule. I found that very telling and indicative of her style of putting the kids’ efforts center stage. It isn’t about her – it is about them.
Bravo Mrs. Klundt and thank you for your ongoing efforts with the orchestra kids. I am sure you don’t get applauded or thanked often enough for the time and energy you are putting into these kids’ musical advancement. I just want you to know that I appreciate the time you are putting in on these kids’ behalf and particularly the time you have put into Cheyenne.
Day one thousand two hundred and sixty-two of the new forty – obla di obla da