2018 All Shore Orchestra Musicians from Wicomico Schools
Middle and High School Orchestra Students from Wicomico County Public Schools Achieve All Shore Honors
Posted on 03/27/2018

All Shore Orchestra

Congratulations to the outstanding 2018 All Shore Orchestra musicians from Wicomico County Public Schools! These All Shore Orchestra students will participate in a day of rehearsal capped off by a concert on Friday, May 18 at Colonel Richardson High School in Federalsburg.

Middle and high school students from throughout the Eastern Shore auditioned for All Shore Orchestra. Most of the students selected for All Shore Orchestra take part in orchestra classes in Wicomico County Public Schools.

Instruction in orchestra, also called strings, begins in 4th Grade and continues with orchestra classes through high school. Wicomico County students are under the direction of teachers Sarah Burton, Ashley Palmer and Courtney Bennett. Since the school system hired a third, full-time secondary strings teacher eight years ago, the enrollment in the orchestra program has doubled in the elementary schools and tripled in the high schools. In the past, the high school students were combined into one ensemble that met during 1st period with students from two of the high schools being transported to the third. Three years ago, thanks to the rising number of high school orchestra students, it was no longer possible to fit them into one ensemble. There is now an additional high school orchestra class to meet the demand.  

“In the strings programs of Wicomico County Public Schools, our students get to be part of a musical family that encourages growth both musically and personally,” said Bennett, the orchestra director for Mardela Middle and High and for Salisbury Middle. “In every single rehearsal we push our students to achieve excellence and teach them to consistently work hard to achieve high quality results. It is our goal that students carry these habits with them into other classrooms, other areas of their lives, and on into the 'real' world after graduation.”

The achievements of these orchestra students highlight the high level of music education in Wicomico County Public Schools. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin and the Board of Education are very proud that Wicomico County Public Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation Survey. Wicomico has earned this honor eight of the past 11 years due to its excellent music educators and music instruction programs.


All Shore Orchestra


Violin 1:

James M. Bennett High: Simon Jeong (1st chair)

Mardela High: Sokyra Ward

Parkside High: Gracie Elswick, Brian Min, Laila Libertin (also All Shore Chorus), Leyna Paul

Wicomico High: Nick Nguyen, Millicent Kihiuria

Bennett Middle: Cristina Avanessian


Violin 2:

James M. Bennett High: Anna Long, Riya Mehta, Cassidy Bauer, Josie Sollars, Roxanne Chow, Grace Acle

Parkside High: Sarah Runge

Wicomico High: Kirsten Parsons

Bennett Middle: Ellie Long, Eduardo Minchala


Violin 3:

James M. Bennett High: Mulan Bell (1st chair)

Salisbury Middle: Riley Bozman

Wicomico High: Rebecca Dartilus, Abigaile Dartilus



James M. Bennett High: Elizabeth Simpson

Bennett Middle: Sunny Baek



Bennett Middle: Mary Hsia

Mardela High: Alexzander Baer


James M. Bennett High: Lensky Augustin (1st chair), Adan Thomas-Mason