Announcements

*** Audition results are now posted under the “Audition Results” tab. Please note: All results are posted in alphabetical order by LAST NAME***

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year will be $275. Checks should be made out to “HCPSS” and must include the following information on the front of the check:

  • Phone number

  • Student name

  • Student ID#

  • Student school

Please submit your payment at the first rehearsal on September 23rd.

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MSGTO

The Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestra Program was created to enhance the orchestral experience of our students. Each orchestra is designed to meet the needs of the student who exceeds the orchestra curriculum at their grade level. In order to be aligned with the purpose of the Gifted and Talented Program the orchestras have been named GT Sinfonia and GT Orchestra.

The Sinfonia performs music one to two grade levels above the curricular standard and the GT Orchestra performs music three or more levels above the curricular standard.

Middle School GT Sinfonia/orchestra

The Sinfonia student will demonstrate:

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  • A high level of technique on their instrument

  • A high level of musical understanding

  • A high level of music reading skill

  • A maturity level that will allow for successful learning in a fast paced environment

  • Readiness for a rigorous orchestral experience

The Orchestra student will demonstrate:

  • The highest level of technique on their instrument

  • The highest level of musical understanding

  • The highest level of music reading skill

  • Orchestral experience

  • Potential for success in a mature and challenging orchestral setting

Rehearsal Days

  • The Howard County Middle School GT Orchestra will rehearse on MONDAYS, 4 - 6 pm at Marriotts Ridge HS, 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville, 21104

  • The Howard County Middle School Sinfonia will rehearse on MONDAYS, 4 - 6 pm at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia 21045

Orchestra Policies

Rehearsals begin promptly at 4pm; therefore you must ARRIVE NO LATER THAN ten minutes before IN ORDER TO BE IN YOUR SEAT READY FOR A DOWN BEAT!

Rehearsals end promptly at 6pm and all parents must pick up their children EXACTLY on time.

Howard County Middle School GT Orchestra

2019-2020

Information and Expectations

1. Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is mandatory

2. Missing more than one rehearsal per concert cycle for any reason will be cause for review and may result in dismissal from the orchestra.

3. If you must miss a rehearsal due to one of the reasons mentioned below, you must communicate via email that you will be absent and the reason why you will be absent.

a. Absence due to pre-approved activities must be communicated via email two weeks in advance of the absence.

b. Absence due to illness or emergency should be communicated via email before rehearsal begins.

4. All students must arrive by 3:50 so that we may begin rehearsal promptly at 4.

- A student who arrives at 4 pm is late. All students need to be in their chairs and ready to tune at exactly at 4 pm.  Students who are late once will be given a verbal warning, a second offence will warrant a call home and a request to the parents to arrange for the transportation to be timely. Chronic lateness is cause for dismissal.

5.  Rehearsals end promptly at 6pm and all parents must pick up their children EXACTLY on time.

6.  All students must bring a pencil to every rehearsal and take notes on their music.

7.  All students must bring their own music to every rehearsal. Do not rely on your stand partner!

8.  All students must prepare their music at home. Rehearsals are not for note learning.

9.  Concert dress is black pants or skirt, black shoes and socks, white shirt, and black neck ties for boys.

10. Behavior problems are cause for immediate dismissal.

11. Electronic devices are not allowed to use in rehearsal.

12. Our website address is http://www.msgto.org. Please bookmark this address and check it weekly for rehearsal updates, emergency cancellations and lots of other information.

13. Emergency cancellations: Rehearsals or concert will be cancelled if schools are close or dismiss early for inclement weather or other emergency. If school does not dismiss early but we are experiencing ice or snow, etc. please check the website for updates.


Audition Results

*** Please note: All results are posted in alphabetical order by LAST NAME ***

Middle School G/T Orchestra

1st Violin

  • 4008395

  • 4015779

  • 4009230

  • 1061577

  • 4017085

  • 4031033

  • 4035035

  • 4008397

  • 4008416

  • 4027518

  • 4003034

  • 4008849

  • 4010253

  • 4009722

  • 4008968

  • 4009065

  • 4033737

  • 4027212

  • 4016116

  • 4009462

2nd Violin

  • 4023405

  • 4008550

  • 4008494

  • 4023318

  • 151039385

  • 151057917

  • 4025950

  • 151039044

  • 4003938

  • 4025008

  • 4023699

  • 4016152

  • 4018599

  • 4034999

  • 4008744

  • 4023626

  • 4015592

  • 4023982

  • 4010271

  • 4010075

  • 4025613

  • 4041524

  • 4023226

  • 4017839

Viola

  • 4023416

  • 4008581

  • 4017850

  • 4008300

  • 4014974

  • 4039348

  • 4020352

  • 4016383

  • 151026679

  • 4010107

  • 4009865

Cello

  • 4035958

  • 4011561

  • 4010094

  • 4025647

  • 4039234

  • 4017490

  • 4015786

  • 1063812

  • 4026248

  • 4009244

  • 4026748

  • 4003347

  • 4026795

  • 4018003

  • 1057000

Bass

  • 4010686

  • 4016398

  • 4016934

  • 4030222

  • 4034194

  • 4009002

Middle School G/T Sinfonia

1st Violins

  • 4034719

  • 4008524

  • 4028824

  • 151028054

  • 151026224

  • 4023537

  • 4027334

  • 4016486

  • 151020226

  • 4006834

  • 4030210

  • 4041201

  • 4010328

  • 151024531

  • 4009042

  • 4027257

  • 4035750

  • 4022249

  • 4030601

  • 4026295

2nd Violins

  • 4016381

  • 4015258

  • 4014417

  • 4021990

  • 4017010

  • 151024273

  • 4024359

  • 4025726

  • 4017203

  • 151031563

  • 151046843

  • 4023948

  • 4018162

  • 4025683

  • 4023596

  • 4023365

  • 4038759

  • 4024885

  • 4023425

  • 4023619

  • 4028039

  • 151033836

  • 4023316

  • 4024629

Viola

  • 4025442

  • 1061099

  • 4025160

  • 4025670

  • 4024996

  • 4025130

  • 4017168

  • 4024034

  • 4017405

  • 4017463

  • 4009406

  • 4036612

  • 4015850

Cello

  • 4033768

  • 4009118

  • 4024175

  • 151037749

  • 4015143

  • 4009410

  • 4008634

  • 4023503

  • 4008858

  • 1061555

  • 4011441

  • 4008491

  • 4032601

  • 4022715

Bass

  • 4008890

  • 4024568

  • 4009630

  • 4018531

  • 4017526

  • 4020221

 

Past Seasons

Here is a list of the pieces that we have performed over the last few years.  Click on images to hear recordings.

 
 
Concert Recording: May 5, 2018

Concert Recording: May 5, 2018

2017 - 2018 - MSGTO

  • Britton: Simple Symphony, mvt. 1 & 2
  • Faure: Elegie for Cello - Jennifer Park, Cello
  • Schubert: Symphony #8, mvt. 1
  • Gershwin/Whitney: An American in Paris Suite

2017-2018 - MSGTS

  • Shostakovich: Spanish Dance
  • Weiner: Divertimento No. 1, Op. 20
  • Haydn: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in C major
  • Nielson: Little Suite for Strings, Op. 1
  • Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
  • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
  • Gershwin: Cuban Overture
  • Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
  • Shostakovich: Symphony #5, 1st and 4th mvts.
  • Dvorak: Carnival Overture
  • Copland: Clarinet Concerto (Madelyn Armes, Clarinet)
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
Concert Recording: October 2, 2016  Kennedy Center

Concert Recording: October 2, 2016

Kennedy Center

Concert Recording: December 4, 2016

Concert Recording: December 4, 2016

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Concert Recording: May 21, 2017

Concert Recording: May 21, 2017


2015 - 2016

  • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite
  • Borodin: Symphony #2
  • Borodin: Polovetsian Dances
  • Beethoven: Symphony #5, 3rd and 4th mvts.
  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger Overture
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole
  • Prokofiev: Symphony #7
  • Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from Samson and Delila
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto

2014 - 2015

  • De Meij: Lord of the Rings, Gandalf
  • Brahms: Symphony #1, 4th mvt.
  • Smetana: The Bartered Bride, Overture
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
  • Beethoven: Fidelio Overture
  • Mahler: Symphony #2, 1st mvt.
  • Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, 1st mvt
  • Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
  • Sibelius: Symphony #2, 3rd and 4th mvt.
  • Stanley Leonard: Circus for percussion ensemble
  • Bach/Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in d minor
  • Bruch: Violin Concerto #1, 1st mvt.
  • Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Beethoven: Symphony #6, Mvts. 4 and 5

Directors

Elizabeth Reinhardt, GT Orchestra Co-Director

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Elizabeth Reinhardt has been the orchestra director at Hammond High School since 2009, where she conducts the Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra.  She also runs the rapidly growing chamber music club that fosters independent student musicians and promotes public performances throughout the community.  Before becoming full-time at Hammond, Mrs. Reinhardt also taught at Patuxent Valley Middle School for 8 years.  While at PVMS, her group was invited to perform for the Maryland Music Educators Association conference, where students performed a concert for teachers from all over the state.

As a clinician and judge, Mrs. Reinhardt has judged Solo and Ensemble Festivals, Orchestra Festivals, and All-State Junior and Senior Orchestras. She has guest conducted the UMBC Symphony Orchestra and worked with honor orchestras in Maryland.  In addition, Mrs. Reinhardt has served on the HCPSS Music Leadership Team, where she helped plan and facilitate professional development for other Howard County orchestra teachers. 

Mrs. Reinhardt received her Bachelors Degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she was the winner of the concerto competition multiple times.  She received her Masters Degree in Music Education from Peabody Conservatory.  Mrs. Reinhardt maintains a private cello studio in Sykesville, MD, where she resides with her husband, Tim, who is also an orchestra teacher in Howard County, and her dogs Stella and Leo, who are aspiring singers.

Bonnie Zeitler, GT orchestra Co-Director

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Mrs. Bonnie Zeitler is a string specialist in the Howard County Public School System and is currently directing a program of over 230 string students at Manor Woods Elementary School. She has taught in multiple middle and elementary schools in Howard County since moving to Maryland in 2003, but has been at MWES since 2006.  She is delighted to be back working with the Howard County Middle School Gifted and Talented Sinfonia after co-directing it at its inception.  
Mrs. Zeitler is a sought after guest-conductor, as well as a judge for Orchestral Adjudications and Solo & Ensemble Festivals in many counties and the state level. Mrs. Zeitler has served as representative for Howard County’s Music Leadership Team and a guest lecturer for professional development sessions teaching other music educators.  Mrs. Zeitler has maintained a private violin and viola studio for over 25 years.  She conducts orchestras at multiple music camps each summer including the Marriotts Ridge High School Music Camp.

Mrs. Zeitler began playing the violin at age 4.  She studied in San Francisco, New Orleans, San Diego and here in the Baltimore area and was the concertmaster of multiple university orchestras.  Her music education programs featured special focus on both chamber music and cross-cultural language and development.  She lives in Carroll County, Maryland with her husband and two sons, who are also musicians.


matthew boggs, GT Sinfonia Co-Director

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Matthew Boggs received his Music Education degree from Peabody Conservatory in 2006. While at Peabody he studied with Paul Johnson and previously studied with Arnold Gregorian and Hampton Childress of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Since 2006, he has been a music educator in Howard County Public Schools where he currently is the Orchestra Director at Clarksville Middle School. Outside of being a middle school orchestra teacher, he has been a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for various county, regional, and state festivals.

Mr. Boggs has been a freelance musician and having appeared with Maryland Symphony Orchestra, York Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Maryland Philharmonic, and other ensembles in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia area. In addition, he is actively maintaining a private studio, is one of the founding members of Bass Works, a summer camp for only bass players, and working at Encore Summer Music camp for 13 years.

Chris Fyhr, GT Sinfonia Co-Director

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Chris Fyhr currently serves as the Director of Orchestras and Music Technology at Long Reach High School in Columbia, Maryland. He holds an Undergraduate Degree in Violin Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. His violin teachers include Brennan Sweet, Matthew Reichert, Richard Clark, Joey Corpus, and James Gaskill. He has studied violin pedagogy with Rebecca Henry and Ronda Cole.

Mr. Fyhr is an active freelance violinist in the Baltimore/Washington area, where he performs regularly with area orchestras including Alexandria Symphony, Washington Concert Opera, Sidney's Orchestra, Washington Sinfonietta, and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Fyhr frequently serves as a judge for Orchestra Adjudications and Solo & Ensemble Festivals throughout the state of Maryland, and has previously served as Guest Conductor for All County Orchestras in neighboring counties.

In addition to his classical background, Mr. Fyhr has also completed formal training in music production, sound design, and DJing through Berklee College of Music in Boston and Dubspot in New York City and is actively involved in the local music production and DJing communities. Mr. Fyhr also enjoys writing and recording metal and progressive rock, and has been involved with several regional progressive rock acts as both a guitarist and a violinist. In his spare time, Mr. Fyhr enjoys relaxing with his wife Alexandra, daughter Zoe, and their two miniature poodles. 


Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions about the orchestra.

 

 

hCPSS Music Office

5451 Beaverkill Road
Columbia, MD, 21044