SOA orchestra recognized at national competition

The Charleston County School of the Arts received top honors at the Heritage National Orchestra Competition.

The middle school orchestra from the Charleston School of the Arts won top awards at the Heritage National Orchestra Competition in Orlando.

The orchestra received the Gold Award in the middle school division and first place in the overall orchestra division. The group’s director Susan Mears received the Adjudicator Award for Excellence in Conducting.

The SOA middle school orchestra was invited to participate in the National Invitational Festival of Gold that will be held in Chicago in 2013.

The orchestra comprises students in grades six through eight with varying levels of experience. The students primarily come from Charleston County.

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