Orchestra gains fourth director in four years

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 10.14.25 AMOrchestra welcomed its new director Sarah Struebing, current Orchestra director,  after the departure of Alex Meza, previous Orchestra director, in late January.

With the arrival of a new director, Orchestra welcomed its fourth director in just four years. However, Jami Kahn, senior, felt Ms. Struebing represents “stability and control” for the Orchestra program.

“She really knows what she’s doing and is extremely prepared to take the reigns of the program, which is great because we really just need some stability and control right now. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I’m definitely expecting great things,” Kahn said.

Despite an abrupt entrance, Ms. Struebing aspires to help students “realize the tremendous potential that they have” during her time at WHS.

“We will consistently work hard to create great performing experiences that help us to improve as musicians and people,” Ms. Struebing said.  “In the music classroom there are a variety of techniques that we can use to improve our musicianship.  I look forward to learning new ways to overcome challenges with the students at WHS.”

Ms. Struebing is currently preparing for the upcoming Orchestra concert on March 19. As of yet, the set list is to be determined, but according to Ms. Struebing, it will feature a rendition of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”

“I’m really excited for the concert. So far, the music we’re playing is really cool and challenging. I’m just excited. We hadn’t begun to prepare for the concert with Meza yet, so she came at a good time,” Katrina Gustafson, senior, said.

Although Ms. Struebing has only spent a few weeks at WHS, she feels “extremely fortunate to be joining the WHS community.”

“I have never worked in an environment where students are as friendly and polite as they are here at Wheeling. The students and faculty all seem to be working together toward goals creating a unique environment that is not found in every school,” Ms. Struebing said.