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Congratulations to the Students Selected for 2019 All Shore Orchestra!

Congratulations to the outstanding 2019 All Shore Orchestra musicians from Wicomico County Public Schools! These All Shore Orchestra students will participate in a day of rehearsal capped off by a concert on Friday, April 26 at Washington College in Chestertown.

Middle and high school students from throughout the Eastern Shore were nominated to All Shore Orchestra, and will audition for chair placement on April 26. Three students, Bennett Middle’s Ellie Long, Briana Truitt and Mary Hsia, will be part of both All Shore Orchestra and All Shore Band in 2019.

Most of the students in All Shore Orchestra take part in orchestra classes in Wicomico County Public Schools, where the orchestra program is thriving. Instruction in orchestra, also called strings, begins in 4th Grade and continues with orchestra classes through high school. Wicomico County students are under the direction of teachers Sarah Burton, Ashley Palmer, Courtney Bennett and Mark Pages. In the past 10 years, the enrollment in the orchestra program has doubled in the elementary schools and tripled in the high schools. High school students were at one time combined into one ensemble, but now there is enough participation for there to be an orchestra class at every high school.

“In the strings programs of Wicomico County Public Schools, our students get to be part of a musical family that encourages growth both musically and personally,” said Bennett, the orchestra director for Mardela Middle and High and for Salisbury Middle. “In every single rehearsal we push our students to achieve excellence and teach them to consistently work hard to achieve high quality results. It is our goal that students carry these habits with them into other classrooms, other areas of their lives, and on into the 'real world’ after graduation.”

The achievements of these All Shore Orchestra students highlight the high level of music education in Wicomico County Public Schools. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin and the Board of Education are very proud that Wicomico County Public Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation Survey. Wicomico has earned this honor nine of the past 12 years due to its excellent music educators and music instruction programs such as orchestra.


2019 All Shore Orchestra


Violin 1:


James M. Bennett High: Cristina Avanessian, Simon Jeong, Eduardo Minchala


Mardela Middle and High: Sokyra Ward, Jermirah Quinton


Parkside High: Gracie Elswick, Leyna Paul


Wicomico High: Aaliyah Lofland, Kirsten Parsons


Bennett Middle: Ellie Long. Ellie was also selected for All Shore Band, for alto sax (1st chair).



Violin 2:


James M. Bennett High: Sarah Augustin, Riley Bozman, Roxanne Chow


Mardela Middle and High: Kelsey Flores, Xander Hall


Wicomico High: Jasmine Love, Jamie Saintphard


Bennett Middle: Emma Nyland, Briana Truitt


Salisbury Middle: Inaka Hudgins, Annie Libertin, Michelle Rao, Kah-Miya Simpson



Violin 3:


Parkside High: Ellen Wittmyer


Bennett Middle: Sammy Kreutner, Megan Nguyen


Pittsville Middle: Laynie Lopez, Mikayla Strobel


Salisbury Middle: Chloe Casper, Lauren Collins, Larry Henneghen, Jy’Kerria Maddox, Marleigh Curran, Lydia Murphy





Mardela Middle and High: Alexzander Baer, Makayla Bounds


Parkside High: Ben Rodman


Wicomico High: Olivia Haines


Bennett Middle: Mary Hsia


Salisbury Middle: Chris Howard, Chris Jung





James M. Bennett High: Adan Thomas-Mason


Bennett Middle: Allie Jimmerson


Wicomico Middle: Joshua Dartilus