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Four Ripon students among All State Honor Orchestra

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POSTED March 21, 2009 5:23 a.m.
Bryson Cwik, Jessica Jones, Hali Pekron and Veronica Rogers, high school members of the Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra, were recently accepted into the California All State Honor Orchestra. These four students were selected out of several hundred high school applicants from around the state who auditioned by submitting a CD recording.  They rehearsed and performed with the All State Honor Orchestra  March 12-15 at the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Conference in Ontario.

Cwik, bassoonist, is a sophomore and participates in the Renaissance Club, CSF, the Debate Club, and is on the tennis team at Ripon High School. He plays first alto sax in the Barkin’ Dog Big Band with Ernie Bucio. Cwik also plays in the Gottschalk Concert Band and the Camaraderie Quintet. He serves as principal bassoon for the MJC Community Orchestra and the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra. He performed with the California Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) Honor Orchestra in 2008 and in the pit orchestra for Cinderella. Cwik plans on attending medical school in the future. He maintains a 4.0 GPA and hopes to become a heart surgeon someday.

Jones, a senior at Downey High School, was accepted into the double bass section. Last year she served as principal bass of the All State Orchestra and she also played principal in this year’s All State Orchestra. In November 2008 she won the principal bass chair with the CODA Honor Orchestra. She was recently interviewed on the Spanish TV station Univision, discussing cuts to music programs in Stanislaus County.  She currently performs with the Downey High Orchestra and The MJC Community Orchestra. Jones played with the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra for seven years. She is a student of Tom Derthick.  Jone’s band Shadow Puppet Theatre was nominated for a Modesto Area Music Award in 2008.

Pekron is a student at Connecting Waters Charter School in Waterford and she studies violin, chamber music and orchestra at MJC with Professor Anne Martin and is a member of the MJC String Quintet. Pekron has been playing violin since she was 3 years old.  She started in the Suzuki method and then pursued an interest in fiddling. At the ages of 10 through 12 she was the youngest performer to win the New Mexico State Grand Champion Fiddler’s title three times in a row.  Pekron has also competed in the National Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho where she won 2nd place. She participated in the CODA Honor Orchestra in 2008 where she won the 3rd chair position in the first violin section. She will perform in the MJC Pit Orchestra for the college’s production of Okalahoma which opens this Friday, March 20.

Rogers began her study of music at the age of four. She played in the Golden Gate Philharmonic Orchestra in San Francisco. After moving to the Central Valley and settling in Ripon, she joined the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra. She is a student at Connecting Waters Charter School in Waterford and studies viola and chamber music at MJC with Professor Martin.  She serves as principal viola of the MJC Community Orchestra and is also a member of the MJC Quintet. Rogers participated in the CODA Honor Orchestra in San Jose in 2008 and she was selected as assistant principal viola for this year’s All State Honor Orchestra. She will also perform in the MJC Pit Orchestra for Okalahoma.
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