The Sweetwater Union High School District hosted the 22nd Annual StringFest event, just one of the largest music events of the year in the districts Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA).
StringFest gathers more than 600 of the districts orchestra students at one site, for one day, to learn from experts in string pedagogy. This years’ event featured beautiful compositions from talented middle & high orchestra students throughout the district.
Over the years, VAPA has developed partnerships with area musicians including the Hausmann Quartet, SDSU, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Youth Symphony, and USD among others. According to Director of VAPA Jeff Kover, during StringFest, students are exposed to master teachers and learn new techniques, leadership, new repertoire, and are able to develop bonds with musicians from around the district.
“This year StringFest has kept with the new California Arts Standards which emphasizes process over product,” said Kover. “We are very proud of that and the positive affect it will have on our students.”
At the end of the day, the advanced high school orchestra musicians perform for community members music they’ve learned during the workshop.
“Over the years, I’ve noticed that this event in particular builds camaraderie amongst our students,” said Tamara Frazier, Teacher Castle Park Middle School. “It’s a great way to connect students on all levels.”