2019-2020 Awards

In honor of today being our “final concert” that we never got to have, I would like to recognize the following students who would’ve received awards at our Awards Ceremony. ALL 2019-2020 FDHS orchestra students would have received a pin, letter, etc. for participation. We will have a make-up award ceremony around the same time as the make-up graduation, so all 2019-2020 orchestra students can attend to receive their awards in person.

Award descriptions:
Most Outstanding – the student who demonstrated the most dedication to not only the FDHS orchestra program, but their own personal improvement as a musician.

Most Improved – the student who demonstrated the most improvement from the beginning to the “end” of the school year.

100% Award – the student(s) who always demonstrated 100% effort in orchestra both in and outside of the orchestra classroom.

Lexington Philharmonic Guild Award: Awarded to one deserving senior a year. This student has demonstrated above and beyond dedication to the Arts.

National School Orchestra Award: Awarded to one deserving senior a year. This student has demonstrated above and beyond dedication to the Orchestra Program as well as their own personal improvement as a musician.

Most Outstanding: Prosperity Meade
Most Improved: Deen Hopper & Ashley Christi
100% Award: Blake Longworth, Prakriti Bhandari & Taylor Bell

Most Outstanding: Kayleigh Schenk
Most Improved: Maimouna Mark
100% Award: Julianne Fisher, Logan Smith, Olivia Johnson, & Ali Hamza

Most Outstanding: Navin Tantasook
Most Improved: Nathaniel Perri
100% Award: Alexandria Troth, Annika Maxey, JJ Vires, & Alexis Lewis (with honorable mention to: Liza Duarte, Evanna Marji, & Emma Anderson)

Lexington Phil Guild Award: Abbigail Grace Phelps

National School Orchestra Award: Phocheng Ly

March 12th Concert Cancelled

Hello: Please be aware that after much debate and discussion, we came to the difficult decision to cancel the band and orchestra concert this evening. This was not mandated by the district, but was instead decided for the safety of the students and audience members. We have numerous students absent from school today due to illness, and have watched as other athletic and arts events have been cancelled across the state. We were expecting a large audience of over 300 this evening, and did not feel it would be a safe atmosphere. We are looking to either live-stream or re-schedule the concert after we know more about any possible school cancellations. Thank you.

January Updates

  1. Mentoring will continue every Thursday at Crawford MS and Hayes MS. Please click here for the schedule. New mentors are welcome to join.
  2. North Star Orchestra (AKA Fiddle Club) will continue every Friday after-school until 5:00pm. New members are welcome to join: schedule
  3. Changes to schedules:
    1. NO mentoring January 30th
    2. YES mentoring February 20th
    3. Fiddle Club will end early 1/10 at 4:30pm
  4. Make sure you have the following dates marked in your calendars!
    1. Assessment Preview Concert, Thursday March 12th
    2. Assessment Wednesday, March 18th (Concert & Symphonic Orchestra during school; Chamber Orchestra after-school)
  5. Shirts are available for purchase! $14 – add $1 ($15 total) for a decal!

December Updates

We have hit the very busy month of December! There are a lot of rehearsals, concerts and events going on during this month, so please make sure to read carefully, and make sure your calendars are up to date.
Wednesday, December 4th: Required rehearsal for all Symphonic and Chamber Orchestra members. 3:30-5pm in the orchestra room.
Thursday, December 5th: Mentoring at EJ Hayes 4-5:15pm.
Friday, December 6th: Final Fiddle Club rehearsal of the year; 3:30-5pm.
Saturday, December 7th: Select members of the Fiddle Club performance at the Tree Lightening Ceremony. Governor’s Mansion – arrive 7:30pm. Concert attire!
Tuesday, December 10th: Playing tests are due to Google Classroom.
Thursday, December 12th: Concert! Rehearsal 1:30-3:30pm; Activities/Pizza Party/Change Clothes 3:30-5:30pm; Concert begins 6:30pm. Please remember to bring your home instruments and concert attire to school this day!
Parents, if you have not done so already, please volunteer to help with this event!!
Friday, December 13th: Any student who did not participate in Solo & Ensemble, Fiddle Club, Mentoring, or CKYO must turn in their Concert Attendance paper by this date. The concert must be a collegiate or professional orchestra, so please make sure to attend a performance before this date!
Saturday, December 14th: Fiddle Club performance. 10am, Eastside Library; 2pm, Liberty Ridge Retirement Home. Fun Holiday Attire!
Finals week: All instruments go home on December 18th!! You do NOT need instruments December 18th-20th due to Finals.
If you have any questions about any of the above dates, please let me know. Thank you!!


Congrats to everyone who performed at Solo & Ensemble today! We had a total of 20 Distinguished and 4 Proficient Ratings!! Congrats to all!!!
J.J., Mason & Mackenna – Distinguished Trio
Alexis L. – Distinguished Solo
Deen – Proficient Solo
Adrianna S. – Distinguished Solo
Taylor B. – Distinguished Solo (Perfect Score!)
Liza D. – Distinguished Solo
Prakriti, Blake & Prosperity – Distinguished Trio (Perfect Score!)
Liza and Annika – Distinguished Duet (Perfect Score!)
Lawson H. – Distinguished Solo
Tate & Eli – Proficient Duet
Kylie – Proficient Solo
Alexis, Ethan, Navin & Lawson – Distinguished Quartet (Perfect Score!)
Logan, Blake & Ali – Distinguished Trio (Perfect Score!)
Elizabeth & Maddie – Distinguished Duet (Perfect Score!)
Alex & Naya – Distinguished Duet
Evanna – Proficient Solo
Prakriti & Priti – Distinguished Duet
Jacob, Irv & Jordan – Distinguished Trio
Braden, Ali & Keyshawn – Distinguished Trio
Annika – Distinguished Solo (Perfect Score!)
Phocheng – Distinguished Solo
Olivia & Julianne – Distinguished Duet (Perfect Score!)
Emma – Distinguished Solo
Mozart Ensemble – Proficient Ensemble

November Updates

There are quite a few events going on this month, so please read thoroughly.
1) If you received a letter from FDHS in regards to a missing orchestra fee, but you have paid, please disregard.
2) Mentoring this month will take place on the 7th at Hayes and the 14th at Crawford. There will be no mentoring on the 21st and 28th.
3) Fiddle Club has one final rehearsal this Friday, November 8th until 5pm. We will also meet on November 22nd in preparation for our December performance. There will not be Fiddle Club on November 15th. Any student who wishes to become a new Fiddle Club member for our December performance must attend the November 22nd rehearsal.
4) Fiddle Club and CGWA 6-8th grade will have their Veterans Day performance on Monday, November 11th. The students should arrive by 6pm; the concert begins at 6:30pm. Students are to wear “dress” attire (i.e. dress pants, button up shirts, dresses, etc.) within school dress code. Any student not in fiddle club may attend the performance for extra credit.
5) All-State Auditions are on Saturday, November 16th at Woodford County Middle School. Students have received their audition times. Students should arrive 15-30 minutes early to tune, warm-up, and find your audition room.
6) All students participating in Solo and Ensemble are required to perform at our S&E Recital night on Thursday, November 21st. Students should arrive by 6pm; the performance begins at 6:30pm. Students are to wear “dress” attire (i.e. dress pants, button up shirts, dresses, etc.) within school dress code. Any student not participating in Solo and Ensemble may attend the performance for extra credit.
7) Solo & Ensemble is Saturday, November 23rd at Bryan Station High School. Students will receive their times this week.
Items due:
November 8th: Fiddle Club Permission Slips for Veterans Hospital Performance
November 11th: Shirt & Decal Order forms (copy attached)
November 11th: Accessories Order forms (copy attached)
December 10th: Playing Tests to Google Classroom
Looking ahead:
December 12th: Concert (students will stay after-school for this concert; concert begins at 6:30pm)
December 14th: Fiddle Club Performance (10am location TBA; 2pm Liberty Ridge Senior Living Facility)