The Kirkwood Call

Singing it forward

“Whenever I’m performing I have to tell a story about what I am singing,” Smith said.

Jonathan Munroe, news features writers

April 12, 2019

*Since this story was published Smith is no longer performing at Sophie's. She is planning to have a regular performing gig at another venue in the near future. This story will be updated when more information becomes available. It is a typical Friday night at *Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Cl...

Senior Profiles: Torri Weidinger

Senior Profiles: Torri Weidinger

Maddie Meyers, features writer

May 2, 2018

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

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

The KHS Symphony Orchestra played four pieces in Carnegie Hall Mar. 5.

Kara Rieger and Malayna Vines and Jack Rittendale

March 16, 2017

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

Patrick Jackson, orchestra teacher, makes an introductory speech while the symphonic orchestra waits to play their first song at the 2016 winter concert Dec. 7. Jackson included his goodbyes to the audience since this is his last year teaching at KHS before retiring. “It was great hearing everyone share their memories and stories about [Mr. Jackson’s] long teaching career,” Hailey Chellis, junior and member of the symphonic orchestra, said. “[Mr. Jackson] seemed really pleased with the concert. [The concert] was a phenomenal close to his time here at Kirkwood.”

Allie Hickenbotham and Jane Stewart

December 9, 2016

  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

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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