Recently the auditions for the Western Region Honors Orchestra were held at Hough High School in Cornelius. There were approximately 60 student musicians who auditioned for 20 coveted spots to perform in two Honors Orchestra groups being formed to participate in a clinic to be held at Appalachian State University on February 28th.
The Western Region Honors Orchestra is promoted by the North Carolina Music Educators Association. In fact, the Music Educators Association sponsors both the eastern and western region orchestra which are annual ensembles.
Since two orchestra groups are formed in each region, one being Honors and another Repertory, it is important to note Noah Caldwell was selected to the Repertory Orchestra.
The mission of the North Carolina Music Educators Association is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music to all interested students. Further, to offer students quality music education by empowering young musicians to create, perform and respond positively to the enjoyment of music.
Each region orchestra hosts a number of events that greatly enhance their music education. These events include Regional Honors Orchestras, Solo, Ensemble Festivals and other musical performances.
Caldwell plays the upright bass instrument. He has been learning and improving his skills for the past 7 years. To Noah, the bass is the best sounding string instrument as it adds a lower octave and keeps tempo with the percussion instruments.
Caldwell is a current member of the Youth Orchestra of Charlotte and plays second bass. He attends a Jazz Camp for a week over the summer in Hilton Head, South Carolina to perform in a concert.
Noah gets a lot of enjoyment from his music, however, his goal is to be a double major in college which includes music, but he is also passionate about pursuing a career in marine biology.
Noah would like to give credit to his music teachers Mr. Becker at the Queen’s Grant elementary and middle school, and Mr. Chad Turner his high school music teacher who encouraged him to try out for the Western Region Orchestra. He also takes lessons from Jeff Ferdon who is a bass player for the Charlotte Symphony. Finally, he wants to say thank you to his parents for all their support and encouragement.
Caldwell is the Stallion’s first student to audition for these groups, his nomination is a great honor and gives him the recognition he has earned to perform with this select group of talented young musicians.