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Two Watauga High School Students Win State Music Honors PDF Print
Written by Marshall Ashcraft, WC Schools   
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 08:41

Watauga High School students Doria Kosmala and Willa Finck have been selected for the North Carolina All-State Honors Orchestra, a group composed of 127 of the state’s finest high school musicians.  Both Kosmala and Finck are violinists and were placed in the first violin section of the Honors Orchestra by audition. “We are very proud that Doria and Willa were selected as All-State musicians,” said Will Selle, who teaches orchestra at Watauga High School and Hardin Park School.  “They have combined hard work and talent to become excellent violinists, and they are very deserving of this honor.  NC Honors Orchestra is a culminating event for music students, and it is always exciting to see how our young musicians measure up to the rest of North Carolina.”
Members of the All-State Honors Orchestra took part in a three day clinic November 11-13 in Winston Salem that concluded with a concert in the Steven’s Center for Performing Arts.  The concert was the kickoff event for the annual conference of the NC Music Educators Association. Former Watauga High School students Ledah Finck and Maura Shawn Scanlin, now students at the UNC School of the Arts, also attended the clinic.
The concert program for the All-State Honors Orchestra was directed by Steven Huang of Ohio University and included works by Richard Wagner, George Gershwin, and Hector Berlioz.
Watauga High School is a comprehensive high school serving approximately 1450 students in grades 9-12.   The high school is rated a School of Distinction under North Carolina’s school accountability model.  Its graduation rate of 87.4% gave the Watauga County Schools the seventh highest graduation rate among the state’s 115 school systems last year.

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