Mr. Steven A. Barnhill – EVHS Director of Instrumental Music
May 8, 2015
Congrats to the Class of 2015: our seniors have participated in their final performance here at EVHS. My, oh my, how the last four years have flown by. What a great group of outstanding young men and women!. It’s been my great pleasure to have led them through this journey. I have great faith in them and count of them to be accountable and make a difference in the world. Congrats, parents!
We’ve been very busy this year. In October we had our annual Wind Ensemble with the EVHS Chamber String Ensemble (terrific performances), and the Chamber Strings once again performed with the Mission Chamber Orchestra.
The EVHS Marching Band completed its most successful season to date, winning all five of its competitions. The show was titled “Synergy,” and special thanks to Assistant Marching Band Director Rick Pina, who created a wonderful show design and led a superior group of instructors who pushed and inspired our members to the very top of their abilities.
Those who were able to attend the outstanding Winter Concert in December got the opportunity to hear from all of our very fine ensembles. The groups have a robust membership filled with young and eager musicians who provided polished performances that gave the full house a special night of music.
The Carnegie Hall/NYC trip was an amazing experience for all involved! The performances were great and our usual stellar group of young people were doing all with excellence in mind. Thanks to our chaperones Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Schneider, and very special appreciation from the students and myself to my beautiful wife Ms. Erl!!!
We once again had another stellar hosting of our CMEA Band Festival with two Unanimous Superiors and three Superior ratings — wonderful! Thanks to all the student and parent volunteers for your hard work!
At the end-of-year luau on May 9 we announced the 10 recipients of the second annual EVHS Music Scholarship Program awards — all very deserving seniors of the EVHS Instrumental Program. That is so exciting — next year let’s see if we can give even more scholarships!