Moanalua high school sym­phony or­ches­tra takes na­tional top hon­ors

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - HAWAII REPORT - By Nina Wu nwu@starad­ver­tiser.com

The Moanalua High

School Sym­phony Or­ches­tra took top hon­ors Fri­day at a pres­ti­gious, na­tional mu­sic fes­ti­val in At­lanta.

In ad­di­tion to win­ning the ti­tle of Grand Cham­pion High School Divi­sion at the an­nual Amer­i­can String Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion’s Na­tional Or­ches­tra Fes­ti­val, the Moanalua group, led by mu­sic di­rec­tor Elden Seta, took first place for the High School Full Or­ches­tra cat­e­gory.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Seta. “The kids gave it ev­ery­thing they had. They went for it, and I think they gave the best per­for­mance you could have asked from them. We didn’t pur­sue win­ning. We just pur­sued play­ing mu­sic. That’s what’s so im­por­tant about mu­sic. It em­pha­sizes the hu­man­is­tic side. In­stead of teach­ing the out­side in, it teaches you the inside out.”

The an­nual fes­ti­val se­lects youth, mid­dle and high school or­ches­tras to par­tic­i­pate based on their ap­pli­ca­tion. Moanalua High School was one of 20 or­ches­tras in­vited to par­tic­i­pate, in ad­di­tion to ones from Tampa, Fla.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in clin­ics and re­ceive feed­back from prom­i­nent mu­si­cians who work as con­duc­tors and univer­sity pro­fes­sors.

As one of the Grand Cham­pi­ons, the 97-mem­ber Moanalua group played at the fes­ti­val on Satur­day.

Moanalua High School Sym­phony Or­ches­tra earned two hon­ors in a na­tional mu­sic fes­ti­val Fri­day in At­lanta. Emi­ley Hadano, left, and An­nika Wong held up a tro­phy for the school.

PHO­TOS COURTESY MOANALUA HIGH SCHOOL

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