• Jan. 26, 2023

    USCHS orchestra performs for first graders

    Orchestra concertNearly 300 Upper St. Clair first graders enjoyed an orchestra concert designed specifically for them on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at Upper St. Clair High School.

    The inaugural event was planned by Christine Hestwood, middle school strings teacher and high school orchestra conductor.

    “This is the first ever performance of this kind,” Ms. Hestwood said. “Second and fourth graders have the opportunity to travel to Heinz Hall for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Schooltime concerts. I wanted to provide something special for our first graders.”

    The Upper St. Clair High School orchestra performed Edvard Grieg's “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and Camille Saint-Saëns's “Carnival of the Animals.” The two pieces are taught in Upper St. Clair’s elementary school general music program.

    “We performed the music at our own concert; the music was selected because of this performance,” Ms. Hestwood said. 

    Dr. McClintock-Comeaux, Baker Elementary principal, served as narrator for “Carnival of the Animals.”