The FSPS Orchestra Program has much reason to celebrate. At the recent All-Region Orchestra auditions, Fort Smith Public Schools earned more chairs in the three orchestras than any other area school district.
At the high school level, FSPS violinists and bassists accounted for half of all the All-Region sections. Several violists and three cellists also earned chairs in the orchestra.
The FSPS Junior High Orchestra had great success, also earning the highest number of students in the All-Region Orchestra. Chris Pinkston, Orchestra teacher at Chaffin and Kimmons, had a record number of students qualify for All-Region. At Darby and Ramsey, Mike Burkepile had many students earn places, including several high chair rankings.
"Students are achieving at every grade level,” said Steven Hughes, FSPS Orchestra instructor. “Our students accomplished something quite special at the All-Region Orchestra auditions.”
FSPS Band students also walked away with several All-Region spots. Southside band members claimed all of the chairs in the French horn and trumpet sections. Several students from the Ramsey and Kimmons bands also earned first chair placements.
"We know that our students would not have experienced this success without the District’s support,” added Hughes. “The balance of orchestra teachers per school has greatly improved our ability to address class sizes. That is allowing us to offer our students a much better quality of instruction.”
The All-Region Orchestra members will attend All-Region clinic in Rogers November 11-12.