Two Barstow Students Join KC Metro All-District Orchestra

Two upper school musicians have been selected to perform with the KC Metro All-District Orchestra. Congratulations to freshmen Phoebe Martin, on viola, and Helton Walker, on violin. 
Martin was selected to the full orchestra and Walker was selected to the string orchestra. Because of the pandemic, auditions were virtual this year. The spring ensemble performance will also be virtual. 

The number of students accepted to the prestigious orchestra had to be significantly reduced this year. Middle & Upper School Music Director Dr. Josh Markley says the unusual circumstances make Walker and Helton's selection even more remarkable. 

"There are juniors and seniors who never make it this far and these two have done it as freshmen. There was actually a greater audition turnout this year than in previous years. All of this makes their achievements even more of an accomplishment. I am so proud of their hard work!"
    • Helton Walker, far left, and Phoebe Martin, far right, performed in the Middle & Upper School Winter Concert, in December 2019.