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Middle and high school students from across North Georgia came to Reinhardt University to hone their musical skills under the direction of Dr. Daniel Kirk.

Flint Hall was filled with a symphony of sound earlier this month, as Reinhardt University welcomed middle school and high school students who honed their skills with Reinhardt instrumental faculty.

Reinhardt’s Instrumental Program and College of National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) chapter hosted more than 200 North Georgia middle school students Nov. 2-3 for the 2018 Middle School Honor Band Clinic to practice and perform, garnering more than 500 visitors total.

“The students make new friends from other programs and play especially difficult literature in an honor band, or auditioned, setting,” said director of instrumental activities, Dr. Daniel Kirk. “They also get to learn from our guest clinicians and conductors.”

The master teachers led six hours of rehearsal on Friday, resulting in a performance Saturday afternoon.

The middle schools in attendance included Liberty and Piney Grove, Dobbins, Cartersville, Cass, , Teasley and Dean Rusk, White County, Lena Mae Moses, Herschel Jones Dallas, Hopewell, South Central,  Lee, Woodstock and Chamblee middle schools.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Reinhardt’s Instrumental Program welcomed 40 high school students from across the state to work with the instrumental staff on focused musical work in preparation for the upcoming Georgia Music Education Association (GMEA) All-State ensemble auditions.

“One of the main goals of Reinhardt’s Instrumental Program is to engage and educate future students, so connecting with area high school students—getting them onto our campus, having them meet and learn from our talented instrumental faculty and seeing our beautiful facilities—is pivotal to the growth and health of our program.”

Kirk said he is proud to bring in future Eagles to receive small group and one-on-one attention with Reinhardt’s talented instrumental faculty.

“It’s our pleasure to advance their musicianship, prepare them for successful honor band auditions and help cultivate meaningful connections with our campus community,” Kirk said.