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Winer Park High School Bands’ Spring Concert

The Winter Park High School Bands will present two concerts in May to finish the band program’s 75th anniversary season. The Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Freshman Jazz Band will perform an array of music that showcases the bands’ tradition of musical excellence.

Winter Park High School BandsThe Spring Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 and will feature works by Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, and David Gillingham. It will also feature senior concerto winner Sara Nazarian on the Chaminade flute concerto.

The Memorial Weekend Pops Concert will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 and will include lighter works by Frank Ticheli, Chuck Mangione, and John Philip Sousa. It will feature our second senior concerto winner, Matthew Mignardi, on the famous Carnival of Venice. The concert will conclude with a salute to our nation with performances of the Armed Forces Salute, America the Beautiful, and Stars and Stripes Forever!

Both concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ann Derflinger Auditorium on the Winter Park High School main campus, 2100 Summerfield Road, Winter Park, FL 32792. Admission is free, and the public is warmly invited to attend.

The Winter Park High School bands are under the direction of Director Christopher Blackmer,, and Associate Director Michael Clemente,

For more information about the Winter Park High School Band Program, please visit the website at

Winter Park Student Wins Shakespeare Competition

Winter Park, Florida’s very own Sophia Wise, who captivated audiences with her sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, did the city proud at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, winning 3rd prize. The Winter Park High School student was in New York on the 26th of April, where she competed with 58 other ESU winners from all over the country at Lincoln Center. Sophia previously won first place at the regional ESU competition in Central Florida.

For winning third place at the ESU National Shakespeare Competition, Sophia also received a $500 courtesy of the Shakespeare Society.

Other winners of the national competition include ESU Dallas Branch regional winner John-Michael Lyles, who won 1st prize. For placing first, Lyles also received the union’s Amanda Steele Scholarship, getting him a spot at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Young Actors Summer School, a prestigious institution in London.

The runner-up to the nationals is ESU St. Louis Branch regional winner Caroline Amos, who also received a gift prize of $1000.

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a program designed to develop the speaking and critical-thinking skills of students from all over the country, helping them find an interest in literature as they discover for themselves the wonder and beauty of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.