DCSD students shine at Continental League concert
DENVER – More than 300 Douglas County students were chosen to participate in this year’s Continental League Music Festival, a showcase of some of the best high school musicians in the state.
Students from all nine Douglas County high schools auditioned for spots on this year’s Honor Choir, Band and Orchestra. Just over 300 DCSD students made the cut, performing in what is essentially the state championship for music.
“We are so proud of our students and music directors,” said Carla Holland, an assistant principal at Douglas County High School and the Continental League president. “[DCSD has] outstanding music directors that inspire the love of music and its beauty every day in our schools. This concert honors that work.”
The students had the opportunity to work with guest conductors, including Jeffrey Turner, the director of Orchestral Studies at Duquesne University; Dr. Richard Frey, the Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Colorado State University; and Dr. Greg Gentry. Finally, on Monday, January 13, they took the stage at Boettcher Hall in Denver.
The Honor Band performed Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide Suite,” as well as “Dum Spiro Spero,” “Apollo Unleashed” and “A Slavic Farewell.” The Honor Choir sang “Sfogava con le stele,” “Oh Lord, In Thee I Have Trusted” from Dettingen Te Deum, “The Trysting Place,” “The Stars Stand up in Air,” and “Hold On!” Finally, the Honor Orchestra performed the “Poet and Peasant Overture,” “Carmen Suite No. 1” and “Overture to ‘West Side Story.’”
At the end of the program, all of the students gathered for one last song, “America the Beautiful,” conducted by Turner.
The activity directors from Highlands Ranch High School and Mountain Vista High School—Keri Stuebinger and Rob Ceglie – organized the concert and rehearsals.