The Detroit School of Arts HS Wind Symphony, under the direction of Ronald Malabed, and Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sean Smith, participated in the National Band and Orchestra Festival held at Carnegie Hall the weekend of Mar. 29 & 30, 2013. Both groups from DSA performed on Mar. 29, 2013 and performed extremely well. Six schools total participated on that Friday Mar. 27, 2013. They were:
The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts HS Philharmonic, West Palm Beach, FL
The Detroit School of Arts HS Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI
The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts HS String Orchestra, West Palm Beach, FL
The Youth Orchestra of Prince William, Woodbridge, VA
The Bak Middle School of the Arts Advanced Orchestra, West Palm Beach, FL
The Detroit School of Arts HS Wind Symphony, Detroit, MI
The groups that participated were given comments and suggestions by four prominent music educators. The educators were Frank Battisti(Conductor Emeritus of the New England Conservatory), Craig Kirchoff(Director of Bands and Conducting at the University of Minnesota) Charles Pelz (Current Director of Wind Ensembles and Conducting Classes at the New England Conservatory), and H. Robert Reynolds(Current Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and past Director of Bands at the University of Michigan in which he retired after 26 years). At the end of the festival, the Detroit School of Arts HS Wind Symphony, under the direction of Ronald Malabed, was awarded the best overall group performance by the adjudicators. The DSA Wind Symphony was given the large banner in front of Carnegie Hall displaying all of the groups that performed that day to take home. It will be proudly displayed at DSA.
The students from both the band and orchestra had a wonderful educational experience. They were able to visit Rockefeller Center, The Julliard School, Ground Zero, Times Square, see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and perform at Carnegie Hall. DSA would like to thank the Knight Foundation for their $10,000.00 donation, and the many others who donated their time and funds to make sure our very talented student musicians from the Detroit Public Schools got a chance to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Later this month, the Detroit School of Arts HS Achievers Ladies Ensemble under the direction of Connie Malabed will perform at Carnegie Hall on April 28, 2013. The DSA Achievers Ladies Ensemble is still accepting donations to help support their trip to Carnegie Hall. If you would like to help, checks and money orders can be made to Detroit Schools of Arts HS with Carnegie Hall written in the memo section. It can be mailed to Detroit School of Arts HS, C/O Connie Malabed, 123 Selden Ave. Detroit,MI 48201. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for all your support.