Pachelbel’s Canon in D by Lower School Orchestra

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Pachelbel’s Canon in D by Lower School Orchestra
Ravenscroft Communications

Fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Lower School Strings program collaborate virtually in a May 2021 performance recording.

Canon in D, written by German composer Johann Pachelbel, is said to have been composed between 1680 and 1706, possibly for the wedding of his friend Johann Christoph Bach, the oldest brother of famed composer Johann Sebastian Bach. As Lower School strings director Tasi Matthews notes, “It is a very familiar tune nowadays and is probably one of the most requested pieces for weddings.”

Students featured in this performance are fourth- and fifth-graders in the Lower School Strings program, joined by members of the Upper School Strings program and staff accompanist S.K. Chipley. Lower School strings students meet by grade twice every eight-day rotation.

Long a hallmark of Ravenscroft's fine arts programming, Lower School Strings introduces Ravens in kindergarten and first grade to the violin. In addition to sharing the joy of making music and the value of collaborating with others, the program supports young students’ graphomotor skills — complex perceptual-motor development that integrates a number of cognitive, perceptual and motor skills and is essential to learning to write. As these fledgling musicians progress, they may participate in group lessons and try viola and cello as well. The program culminates in the Lower School Orchestra.

These opportunities take place during the school day and are offered to Ravens free of charge.

Lower School Strings performers

Violin 1: Anna-Belle Shaw ’28, Christopher Jackson ’29, Janice Jeong ’28, Kingston Reives ’28, Samuel Campos ’29

Violin 2: Esha Dahiya ’29, Liam Yelle ’29, Jackson Glover ’29, Roman Santacaterina ’29

Viola: Anisha Cattamanchi ’28, Katya Wilfret ’28

Cello: Tecumseh Ash ’29, Will Stringer ’29

Upper School Strings performers

Violin 1: Alexis Avery ’21, Tommy Wolff ’21

Violin 2: Brendan Marcy ’21

Cello: Emma Kate Clarke ’21, Olivia Sturges ’21


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