Byram Hills Strings Students Work With Caramoor Musicians

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Byram Hills student Zachary Cohen listens to Camden Shaw, the Dover Quartet’s cellist. Photo Credit: Contributed
Byram Hills student cellists Alannah Connolly, Alyaa Chace, Kevin Chang, Max Klafter and Sara Reiner practice during a session with Caramoor musicians. Photo Credit: Contributed

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Armonk's Byram Hills High School string orchestra students are benefiting from some professional advice, thanks to a recent visit by musicians from the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

The Dover Quartet, musicians in residence at Caramoor for the 2013-14 season, worked with 45 members of the school's orchestra as they prepared for next month's concert.

“Caramoor’s student strings program provides students with a unique opportunity to hear and work with professional string quartet artists,” said Aaron Lockwood, the orchestra director, in a statement.

Nicole Kim, a sophomore violinist, said that she was "impressed with how emotive their sound was when they performed for the class. My goal is to strive for that in my playing too," according to a release.

The four professional musicians performed with the students last week and also worked with them in smaller groups.

The afternoon concluded with the quartet helping members of the student Festival Orchestra prepare for the Hallelujah Chorus, which will be performed at the Byram Hills High School Winter Concert on Dec. 16.

The Byram Hills Cultural Enrichment Program sponsors the annual Caramoor visit to the high school orchestra program.

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