Orchestra

About Our Director: Ms. Lucretia L. Davis

Students performing on stage

Ms. Lucretia Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in music education, magna cum laude, from Virginia State University and a master’s of science degree, summa cum laude, in arts administration from Drexel University. Since 2006, Ms. Davis has been employed with Hanover County Public Schools as orchestra director at Oak Knoll Middle School and Hanover High School. Ms. Davis’ ensembles are said to be very expressive and energetic. They consistently receive superior and excellent ratings at competition and state orchestra assessments. Ms. Davis remains active as the concertmaster of the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently for area churches, weddings, universities, and events.

Ms. Davis has had the honor of guest conductor in the city of Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield All-County Middle School Orchestras and the South Central Regional Orchestra. She was the advisor of the Hanover High School chapter of Tri-M: Modern Music Masters and holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, American String Teachers National Association, and Americans for the Arts. Also under her belt has had the task of a presenter at a local conference. In 2012, Ms. Davis presented a session entitled “Electives! Yes they do Matter” at the Teachers to Teachers Conference at her alma mater Virginia State University and presented for the Hanover County Music Teacher Professional Development in 2016, a session entitled “The Mighty Small Ensemble: Getting Students Excited about Chamber Music.”

Lucretia Davis is dedicated to the advocacy of school orchestra programs being offered in every school system. She credits her love of music education from her past orchestra director’s guidance and love for the arts. In her spare time she enjoys reading and organizing things. She currently resides in Henrico County, Virginia.

Strings Ensemble - General Overview

Strings ensemble students will perform, create, investigate, and connect through the playing of a stringed instrument. Students will use advancing articulations and bowings, demonstrate vibrato, perform scales in two octaves, and perform music at an intermediate level of difficulty grades II-III ½. Students will describe concepts common to music and other disciplines and will be involved in discussing various cultures, styles, composers, and historical periods. Students may have one to three individual and/or group projects throughout the year.

Beginning Strings - General Overview

Beginning strings students will perform, create, investigate, and connect through the enjoyment of playing a stringed instrument. Students will demonstrate proper care of instruments, basic positions, fingerings, tone production, and will read and perform repertoire at the beginning level grades 1-1 ½.

Each individual is like a single note. Together, we make a masterpiece.
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