North High trio to appear with Russians

October 13, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Three young Hagerstown musicians will be performing with an internationally known orchestra later this month.

Mary Schultz, 16, Nicole Vere, 15, and Leah Beachley, 16, who are all North Hagerstown High School students, are part of the Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra.

They are among a select group from that orchestra chosen to perform with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin from Russia, on Oct. 27 at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The Chamber Orchestra is touring the United States during October and November, according to its Web site.

"It's an opportunity for these young people to perform with a professional orchestra. It's something most students don't get a chance to do," said Anne Munro, director of the Youth Preparatory Orchestra.


Leah Beachley, a junior, the daughter of Don and Angie Beachley, first picked up a violin when she was a little girl. She was at the library and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra was teaching children about music. She wanted to try the violin.

"I was making disgusting, horrible sounds and loved it from then on," she said.

For years, she tried to convince her mother to allow her to play. Eventually, Leah started private lessons, which she has continued for seven years.

"I can't see myself putting the violin down and not playing again when I graduate," said Leah, who plans a career as a marine biologist.

Mary Schultz, a junior, the daughter of Kathy and Brian Shrader, started playing the cello seven years ago because her mother is the string orchestra teacher at North High and began private lessons when she was in the eighth grade.

"I'd love to be a professional musician in an orchestra. I'd also love to teach," she said.

Mary is leaning toward larger universities such as Northwestern University so she can play in a large ensemble.

Nicole Vere, a sophomore and daughter of Julie and Michael Vere, plays the viola. She took up the instrument in the sixth grade because her parents wanted her to learn an instrument.

Since everyone played the violin, she wanted to try playing the viola, Nicole said. She wants to study performance music, perhaps at the Peabody Institute, and eventually perform with an orchestra.

The three will perform with other Tri-State area high school students and Shepherd University students.

The ensemble will perform the first movement of Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite.

If you go

What: Chamber Orchestra Kremlin performance

When: Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.

Where: Frank Center Theater at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

What it costs: $15 general admission, $5 for students 18 and younger

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