Two Richland One orchestra students are the only from South Carolina among 122 nationwide to be selected for the National Association for Music Education (NafMe) All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra. They will participate in the ensemble program virtually Jan. 22-24.
At the event, Dreher High School sophomore Samuel Schatz and A.C. Flora High School junior Juliet Swaim will rehearse and attend workshops led by renowned clinicians and create a final, recorded performance to be featured online during the 37th annual observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM).
The students earned this distinction based on their participation in the All-State Orchestra the previous year.
Schatz is a violinist in the Dreher Orchestra and has been a first violinist with the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA) Midlands Region Orchestra. He is also a member of the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Schatz is a student of a professor of violin with the UofSC School of Music and maintains a rigorous academic schedule including advanced science, history, foreign language and athletics.
Swaim earned second chair on first violin at the SCMEA Midlands Region Orchestra as well as All-State Orchestra. She began playing the violin in second grade at Suzuki Academy of Columbia. As a freshman, Swaim earned first chair in the Richland One District Honor Orchestra. She performs with her church and the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.