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Senior Profiles: Torri Weidinger

Senior Profiles: Torri Weidinger

Maddie Meyers, features writer

May 2, 2018


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While most freshmen worried about their Geometry tests, Torri Weidinger, senior, worried about playing for Nelly. Feeling nervous, Torri focused on the abundant flowers and lights covering the room. Every year, Nelly hosts his Black and White Ball, a holiday party featuring artists like Nick Cannon and Nikko Smith. Torri plays cello for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and they selected her to perform at the ball with Smith’s ba...

Strings attached: grads return to teach orchestra

Strings attached: grads return to teach orchestra

Maddie Meyers, features writer

October 2, 2017


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One devastated little girl glares up at an enormous cello, while another girl looks to the violin to escape the piano. Fariga Drayton-Conway, KHS Symphonic Orchestra director and 1995 graduate, originally played violin, but when she moved into the KSD, her teacher told her she was too tall and her h...

Photo gallery: KHS Symphony Orchestra goes to NYC

Photo gallery: KHS Symphony Orchestra goes to NYC

Kara Rieger and Malayna Vines and Jack Rittendale

March 15, 2017


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One-hundred-six students in the Kirkwood Symphony Orchestra travelled to New York, NY to play in Carnegie Hall* Mar. 3-6. Patrick Jackson, Symphonic Orchestra conductor, has taught in KSD for 26 years and will retire at the end of this year. Jackson has taken the Symphonic Orchestra to play in NY three...

Orchestra winter concert Dec. 7

Orchestra winter concert Dec. 7

Allie Hickenbotham and Jane Stewart

December 9, 2016


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  The KHS Orchestra held their annual winter concert in Keating Theater Wednesday Dec. 7. The Concert and Symphonic Orchestra played that evening and performed in front of an audience full of parents, friends and alumni. Patrick Jackson, orchestra teacher, confirmed that he will retire this year after teaching for ...

KHS Symphony Orchestra to Carnegie Hall

KHS Symphony Orchestra to Carnegie Hall

Malayna Vines, writer

May 17, 2016


Filed under 2016 New staff stories

As the students’ bodies swayed back and forth, Patrick Jackson, KHS orchestra conductor, called out rhythms to a new arrangement for the March 2017 trip to New York City. The orchestra is one of three music groups nationwide chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall. Jackson, who plans on retiring after the 201...

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