St. Cecilia Academy News
The Fine Arts Department at SCA would like to recognize two outstanding music students during the month of October!
Violinists Claudia Schorr '21 (left) and Rachel Smola '22 (right) have recently been accepted to play in two different Nashville area youth orchestras on the basis of their successful auditions.
Claudia Schorr (Member of the SCA Choir) will be playing with the Tennessee Youth Symphony. For her audition, she performed the Concerto in A minor, Mvt. 1 by Antonio Vivaldi. She too was asked to demonstrate scales and sight-reading proficiency. The Youth Symphony, conducted by Anna Maria Miller, will present a concert on December 2nd at Belmont. Claudia sings and plays both the ukulele and guitar.
A couple of Claudia's favorite composers include Seitz and Mozart; Itzhak Perlman and Chloé Trevor are on her list of top players. She was born in Memphis, has lived on a farm, and loves watermelon and ice tea. Her family has seven pets!
When asked about their favorite piece of violin music to play, they both named the Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, by Bach!
Rachel Smola (member of the SCA Chamber Ensemble) will be playing for the Repertory Orchestra as part of the Nashville Youth Orchestra Program, which is affiliated with the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music. For her audition, she performed Handel's 3rd Sonata, Mvt. 1, played major scales, and sight-read new music. She will play in an 80-person orchestra conducted by Cassandra Brosvik. The group is currently preparing for a performance on Sunday, December 9th.
Two of Rachel's favorite composers are Bach and Vivaldi, and her top performers are Rachel Barton Pine and Hillary Hahn. Rachel, a life-long Nashvillian, also plays the viola, runs on the SCA Cross Country team, has a border collie mix named LillyBell, and loves cheese ravioli with stir-fried chicken and zucchini!
Our department is very proud of these two talented St. Cecilia students!