Excellence at LGPE
March 13-14, 2019
Nice work, Grady Orchestra! Both the Symphonic and Philharmonic orchestras were awarded Superior ratings at this year's Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations at North Atlanta High School.
North Georgia Honor Orchestra
October 6, 2018
Mackenzie Mitchell (senior, cello), Reina Rodriguez (senior, violin), and Anne Robinson (freshman, violin) were selected as members of the North Georgia Honor Orchestra, a two-day event at Kennesaw State University. Mackenzie writes: We spent two days working with the KSU instrument instructors, KSU Symphony members, as well as Dr. Parker (KSU Orchestra Director) on a multi-movement piece by Carl Nielson as well as the finale from Brahms' Symphony No. 2. The Brahms was played alongside the KSU symphony. We experienced various aspects of KSU and their music program. There were opportunities for Q & As with the faculty that cleared up questions about majoring in music and why KSU would be a top choice for music. It was all a great opportunity to learn about music programs and what college music looks like.
ASTA National Orchestra Festival
March 10, 2018
Grady Philharmonic Orchestra had a great time at the American String Teachers Association National Orchestra Festival. The group performed Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Rhythm Dances by Brian Balmages, and Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten, winning Superior ratings and solid feedback from Festival clinicians.
December 5, 2017
The Inman Middle School and Grady High School orchestras teamed for a memorable holiday-themed concert. Concertgoers were treated to a special appearance by the Grady High School Guitar ensemble, which performed a pair of winter carols.
Teaching Award for Ms. Davis
May 3, 2019
Our own Krissi Davis has been awarded the Grady Excellence in Teaching Award for 2019-20. You may know Ms. Davis as Grady's orchestra and guitar teacher, but she's also a leader and mentor through her work with the GMEA--and a doctoral student! As Dr. Bockman put it, "She expects the best of herself and her students every single day."
All-State Orchestra 2019
March 2, 2019
Congratulations to Grady Orchestra's GMEA All-State Orchestra participants, Jonathan Fuller (cello, 9/10 Full Orchestra) and Lucy Gelber (principal viola, 11/12 Full Orchestra). They spent three days in Athens working with amazing conductors from across the country, and some of Georgia's most outstanding student musicians.
Score! Grady vs. NAHS Orchestra
August 17, 2018
Grady Orchestra won 8-6 in an exciting game that saw the lead change teams until the very end, with Grady winning the precious prize of the spirit stick. The spirit stick is long and decorated in Mardi Gras colors [purple, yellow, and green]. The winning team keeps the spirit stick in its orchestra room for the year and adds decoration to it. We won fair and square, but going to orchestra I saw a note on the board from North Atlanta that said, “ We will come back to claim the spirit stick.” All I can say to that is Good Luck. I just hope we will find a good place to put the spirit stick. - Jade Ashmore
All-State Orchestra 2018
March 3, 2018
Congratulations to Grady Orchestra's GMEA All-State Orchestra participants, Sejin Kim (first violin section) and Lucy Gelber (principal viola). They have just returned from a fun-filled three days of music in Athens, GA as part of the 11th/12th Grade Full Orchestra, performing works by Bernstein, Mussorgsky, Berlioz, and Sibelius.
"Stage Fright" Concert
October 26, 2017
Together with Grady Voice, the orchestra performed its first concert of the school year before a large, appreciative audience. Ms. Davis, in her debut on the Grady podium, led the group through a program that was both boisterous and eerie. The Dies irae ("Day of Wrath") from Mozart's Requiem, performed with Mr. Hill and Voice, set hearts pounding.