From Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Stevenson...

This has been quite a year for the Wilson Orchestra Program! We’ve had 4 concerts this year, including our first cluster concert with Eaton. We went to see the Fort Worth Symphony perform at the Bass Hall. We have had 19 beginners master all 46 pass offs so far, earning the prestigious title of Ribbon Master, and 2 master Two sets of pass offs to be the first Double Ribbon Master. Symphonic Orchestra received Superior Ratings on stage and Superior ratings in Sightreading at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, bringing home a sweepstakes trophy for the first time. Chamber Orchestra also received superior ratings on stage and superior ratings in Sightreading at UIL, also bringing home a sweepstakes trophy. It was the first time in the 4 year history of the school when both orchestras came back with the highest ratings (as well as a clean sweep from the Wilson Fine Arts Department). The orchestra program had 46 students perform a solo and receive a Superior rating and 9 ensembles that earned a superior rating at solo and ensemble contest this year. 3 soloists from Wilson earned an Honor Award, selected by their judge as the most outstanding solo of the day. All 4 orchestra performed at Ovation Music Festival last week and all came home with a Superior rating from all 3 judges. Symphonic orchestra also received the Best in Class trophy. Chamber Orchestra took their show on the road, performing holiday music for 2 area nursing homes. We hosted the 3rd annual NISD All Region Boot Camp, with over 200 students from across NISD in attendance. There were 4 Wilson students made that made the All Region Orchestra. We have created the first Wilson Full Symphony Orchestra here along with the band and we had our first concert on May 25th. Your children have practiced hundreds and hundreds of hours both here at school and at home to make all of these things happen and it has been truly a spectacular year!!

In only the 4th year of existence there has been much accomplished this year, and we are proud of each student for the impact that they have left on the future on this program. We wish the 8th graders the best of luck as they move into high school. They are an exceptional bunch of young people and they have impacted the trajectory of the Wilson Orchestra Program more than they will ever know. They will always have a place here in the Wilson Orchestra program.

Thank you to the students...for your hard work, for caring about how you play your instrument, for laughing at our dumb jokes and silly moments, for your patience with us as we balance our jobs and our families, and for pushing us to be better teachers every day. Wherever you end up, we hope that you take with you a love for music and a respect for what it means to work hard and to work together.

Thank you to the parents...for paying for the instruments, the shirts, the camps, the lessons, the supplies, for entrusting your children to us every day, for keeping them accountable at home, for your kind words of support and thanks to us when we needed them, and for supporting your child in their musical adventure.

Very sincerely yours,

Michelle Bell and Shannon Stevenson