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OUR CONDUCTOR

We are thrilled to share that Sergio Rodriguez has been appointed as Sprayberry High School Orchestra Program Director. Mr. Rodriguez brings extensive performing and teaching experience to Sprayberry which the students, school and larger musical community will greatly benefit from.  Mr. Rodriguez's past orchestra programs have been recognized by the Georgia Music Educators Association with superior ratings for outstanding performances and he was named best teacher of the year by the Atlanta Family Award for Excellence in Education and nominated for the Barry Manilow Music Teacher Award.​

 

As a native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Mr. Rodriguez began his music studies in violin at the Victoríano López Music Conservatory. In 1986 he was invited to the United States by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. He continued his musical education at Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Kentucky and the Longy School of Music in Massachusetts.  As an educator, he has taught violin, viola, chamber music and music theory in Honduras and at such institutions as the Magnet School for Music and Children of the Carl Orff System, the National School of Music, the National Conservatory of Music Francisco Díaz Zelaya and the Honduras National University. In the US he has also taught strings at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Acadiana Conservatory of Music in Lafayette, Louisiana. In Georgia, the Mundo Hispánico newspaper recognized Mr. Rodriguez as one of ten outstanding Hispanic citizens of the community (Héroes de Nuestra Comunidad) for his dedicated work with Latino children.​

 

As a conductor, Mr. Rodriguez has directed the Southeastern Louisiana University String Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra and Southwestern Louisiana University Orchestra. He founded the National Youth Chamber Orchestra in Tegucigalpa. In the summer of 1998, he received a conductor fellowship at the South Carolina Conductor’s Institute. He has served as guest conductor for the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, Buckhead Chamber Orchestra and Honduras Philharmonic and in 2011 was a conducting fellow at the Bard Conservatory.  He won first prize as conductor of the first Children’s Chorus Competition in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and was awarded diplomas of achievement from the National School of Music and the Honduras Ministry of Culture. He has also won prizes at the Music in the Parks Festival in Florida. He is founder and conductor of the Dougherty County (Ga.) Youth Symphony Orchestra.  His conducting teachers include Donald Portnoy, Adrian Gnam, Harold Faberman, Apo Hsu, Gregory Pritchard, Kirk Muspratt, Samuel Jones, Paul Vernel, Juan Ramirez, Sandra Dakow, Raymond Harvey, Eduardo Navega, Kate Tamarkin, and Leon Botstein.​  Recently, Mr. Rodriguez conducted at Carnegie Hall and was invited to conduct at the American String Teacher Association Orchestra Festival in 2018.

 

As a violinist, Mr. Rodriguez has personally performed with the Atlanta Virtuosi, and the symphonies of Valdosta, Macon and Albany (GA).  He has performed with eh Honduras National University Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster, Central American Youth Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Hanover Chamber Orchestra, new England Philharmonic, Dartmouth Symphony, Honduras national Symphony Orchestra and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (Southeast Asia tour).  Mr. Rodriguez also toured to Puerto Rico with the Atlanta Virtuosi.  He has given recitals in Honduras and the US and has appeared at many music festivals including Central American Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival, the Costa Rica Musica Festival, the Honduras Music Festival and the Chautauqua Music Festival.  He was artist-in-residence at Chalmette Discovery Summer Program in Louisiana.

​Mr. Rodriguez is able to add published author to his CV having authored published articles about the Honduran musical environment and short stories in the El Heraldo Tiempo newspaper, Critierio.hn, Yareah Magazine (Spain) and his own column in El Periodico.  He continues to write as a music critic for his home country's newspapers.  ​

 

As a composer, Mr. Rodriguez has written music for symphony and chamber orchestra, as well as children's musicals and arrangements of Honduran music.  Many of his compositions and arrangement are published at J.W. Pepper Music Company. ​

 

Mr. Rodriguez has been happily married to his wife Silvia for 27 years and they have  three wonderful children Arianna, Sergio, and Yazmin. He loves to spend time with his family, enjoys reading, playing and singing with the guitar, and traveling. 

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OUR ORCHESTRAS

1st Block

Sinfonia

The Sinfonia Orchestra, which meets 1st Block every day, is comprised of musicians who display the ability to perform music appropriate to the GMEA Level 3, 4 and 5 repertoire list. Students in this orchestra will work to meet the Sprayberry High School Orchestra “Intermediate” Level Requirements by the end of the school year.

Students in this ensemble are required to attend all concerts, announced afterschool rehearsals as needed in January, February and March, and the Large Group Performance Evaluation in March.  Students in this ensemble are encouraged to audition for the GMEA District 12 Honor Orchestra and the GMEA All-State Orchestra.

2nd Block

Philharmonic

The Philharmonic orchestra, which meets 2nd Block every day, is comprised of musicians who display the ability to perform music appropriate to the GMEA Level 4, 5 and 6 repertoire list. Students in this orchestra will work to meet the Sprayberry High School orchestra “Advanced” Level Requirements by the end of the school year.  Membership in this ensemble is by audition only and may be revoked at any time due to lack of preparation or discipline issues. 

Students in this ensemble are required to attend all concerts, announced afterschool rehearsals as needed in January, February and March, and the Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) in March. Students in this ensemble are encouraged to audition for the GMEA District 12 Honor Orchestra and the GMEA All-State Orchestra.

3rd Block

Chamber

The Chamber Orchestra, which meets 3rd Block every day, is comprised of musicians who display the ability to perform music appropriate to the Level 5 and 6 repertoire list. Membership in this ensemble is by audition only and may be revoked at any time due to lack of preparation or discipline issues. Students in this ensemble will prepare and perform literature of the highest difficulty.

Students in this ensemble are strongly encouraged to audition for the GMEA District 12 Honor Orchestra and the GMEA All-State Orchestra.

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