An enthusiastic group of Lincoln Academy students meets weekly to rehearse as the school’s new String Orchestra. The orchestra, conducted by Carol Preston, rounds out the school’s offerings of music performance ensembles, which has for years included choir, band, and jazz band.
The orchestra students come from various music backgrounds and experience playing violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Some have played for a number of years, others used to play and wanted to get back at it, some are also band or chorus members, and others are self-taught. Students have continued to join this fall, providing an excellent balance of instruments.
Every Monday after school, the group is busy preparing a variety of selections, including classical and fiddle music. Preston says, “We are a new group and are figuring who we are, musically. The students have a lot of great energy, and I’m excited to be with them on this journey.”
Preston is a new part-time faculty member at Lincoln Academy, having previously taught at Nobleboro Central School for 14 years. She is a violinist and concertmaster of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, in addition to teaching private music lessons.