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Three Parkway Students will Perform with National High School Orchestra

Three Parkway students have been selected to perform with the National High School Honors Orchestra in February. Raymond Chen and Max Geissler from Parkway Central High and Monica Godbee from Parkway North High will join 120 musicians from around the country in a performance conducted by Jung-Ho Pak of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Chen plays the violin. Godbee and Geissler play the cello.

High school junior and senior students are eligible to audition for the orchestra. Students must apply first through their ASTA state chapters, submitting an audition tape or CD of required literature and three minutes from literature of their own choosing. The state coordinator and an audition committee select up to thirty applicants to forward to the national level. Separate audition committees for strings, winds, and percussion select the 120 students for the orchestra. In 2005, only three students from Missouri were chosen to participate in this event.


The National High School Honors Orchestra is sponsored by the American Strings Teachers Association (ASTA). The students will rehearse and perform Feb. 28 - March 1, 2008 during the national ASTA conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The NHSHO performs during the national conference every other year.