On March 04, the OUSD Orchestra Festival took place at Roosevelt Middle School. Nine schools, six choirs over 400 student musicians from both High Schools and Middle Schools across the district participated at the festival. After a pre-performance rehearsal of the all-student pieces, under the baton of Maestro Michael Morgan of the Oakland Symphony, the students were provided with dinner.
The Oakland High School orchestra, this year 50+ musicians strong, performed La Dance Macabre, composed by Camille Saint Saens. We also have several musicians that joined the MUSE VIVO Orchestra for their rendition of Hungarian Dances of Bela Bartock. And, finally, our musicians joined the the OUSD Grand Orchestra and Choirs for a beautiful rendition of Glory - arranged by Mr. Allen (Oakland Tech) - and, Ode to Joy, Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
We want to thank Roosevelt MS for, once again hosting our schools for this yearly festival and showcase our students' talents; Maestro Morgan and the Oakland Symphony for supporting music education in OUSD; The VIVO orchestra mentors; Mr. Bryrd for his continued leadership and stregthening of and thriving music program at Oakland High, and all the parents that support our music programs throughout the district and at Oakland High.
Please enjoy the videos at the following links.
Glory (from the film Selma) (see shortcut below)
Beethoven's 9th Final Ode to Joy (see shortcut below)