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The student news site of Carolina Forest High School

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CFHS Orchestra: Panther’s Symphony

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Music is lively and full of opportunities at Carolina Forest High School. With programs such as concert band, choir, jazz and dixie band, any aspiring musician can join a program. However, some programs are more well-known than others; not everyone knows about the Carolina Forest Orchestra.

Our orchestra program consists of violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Each instrument has a variety of note ranges, tones, and richness. Though the instruments are separate, every orchestra member bonds with each other to become the best musicians possible.

“In the orchestra room, we are like a big family,” shared orchestra director and teacher Stephen Williams. “We play fun and challenging music in a bright and supportive environment. Everyone is always willing to help each other grow and improve as a musician.”

The orchestra’s welcoming and hard-working environment created successful results in concerts and competitions.

“We have received nothing less than a superior or first place within the last 10 years. We also have the most students make it into All County [orchestra],” Stephen Williams added.

Joining a music class like an orchestra has many benefits outside of the classroom. With such an involved classroom, students can learn skills that improve their daily lives, self-confidence, and more.

“My favorite part about being an orchestra teacher is helping the students grow into their own individuals,” Williams specified. “Music is not just something that the students learn to do. It becomes a tool and a resource that incorporates confidence, individuality, problem-solving, and just so much more.”

Every new member is greatly welcomed and assisted by student section leaders.

“Our student leaders politely help those who are struggling to learn, and I have noticed a significant difference in the quality of their performance,” Williams said.

Devoted students of the orchestra agree that Williams and the program have helped change outlooks on self-confidence.

“I’m a lot more confident in my skills inside and outside the classroom,” senior violin player Carmen Taylor emphasized.

“[Orchestra] has helped me become a better leader,” senior viola player Pearla Nassrah said.

Junior cello player Lauren Spain explained, “Orchestra has helped me gain a lot of friends as well as confidence outside the classroom.” 

CFHS’s orchestra class is a class to consider for students interested in picking up a brand new instrument, making new friends of the same interests, and traveling to new places for competitions and experiences.

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