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MJC hosts High School Orchestra Day – Nov 2

Modesto Junior College hosts High School Orchestra Day

Nine Stanislaus County high schools are performing in Modesto Junior College’s High School Orchestra Day on Thursday, November 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus. Mountain House High School Orchestra from San Joaquin County is also attending. The performance is free and open to the public and parking is free during event hours in the lots immediately surrounding the Auditorium.

MJC Community Orchestra conductor and string professor, Anne Martin, will host the event.

The high school orchestra students will present works by a variety of composers including Haydn, Balmages, Meyer, Mozart, Susato, Sharp, Telemann and Warlock.

The Teacher’s Chamber Ensemble will perform an arrangement of the famous Beatles tune, Eleanor Rigby.

Patterson High School will perform at the event for the second time, under the direction of Jennifer Schipper Sanchez, a graduate of MJC. Other participating high schools include Downey, directed by Joanne Neuffer, Davis, directed by Mark Davila, Turlock, led by Joe Tovar, Pitman, led by Don Grishaw, Enochs High directed by Phil Vallejo, Modesto High directed by Matt Cover, Gregori High led by Paul Herrera, and Johansen led by Brad Hart.

Each high school performs a 10 minute selection of orchestra repertoire. The event ends with an Irish jig, Off She Goes, performed by over 200 high school string musicians.

The community is invited to come enjoy this celebration of string playing in Stanislaus County.

For more information contact Professor Anne Martin at (209) 575-6646, or<>.


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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.