Music to Our Ears -DWS Strings Students' Blue Ribbon Performance

Remarks from our Music Teacher - (Strings) Grades 3-8, Marc Haas: 

On Saturday, January 13, students from Detroit Waldorf School participated in the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District XV Solo & Ensemble Festival.  This is the first time that DWS has participated in MSBOA activities since the early 80's.  As a testament to the diligence and work ethic of our students, every student that signed up to participate was well prepared; every student received a First Division rating (with this rating, each student also received a medal with a blue ribbon).  In all my decades of teaching, I have NEVER before had ALL my students receive a "1" at S&E.  Truly outstanding!

The students that participated, and received a 1st Division rating were:


7th grade, solo event

Bianca, Penelope, Christian, Isabella, & Leah.

8th grade, solo event

Haleigh, Amelia, Lily-Claire & Liam. 

The following students also received a 1st Division rating for an ensemble or group event:

Amelia, Penelope, Leah & Lilly-Claire for their performance of the original version of the Pachelbel Canon.

Heleigh and Keisha for their performance of a duet by Mozart.


MSBOA is a voluntary association of schools and instrumental music teachers from the state of Michigan.  Entirely funded by membership and event entry fees, MSBOA provides or participates in a number of performance and educational opportunities for Michigan music students, including the All-State Orchestra and Bands, selected by competitive audition in the fall; Solo & Ensemble Festival; Band & Orchestra Festival; various clinics; and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, which includes the Honors Orchestra and Bands, with members selected from the outstanding performers at the Solo & Ensemble Festivals.

Katherine Feldhouse