• Orchestra Director Bio

    Meghan Razzini is the orchestra director at Kennedy Junior High, Meadow Glens, and Ranch View Elementary Schools. Ms. Razzini is thrilled to join the District 203 music department! Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Music Education and studied viola with Rose Armbrust Griffin. Before joining District 203 full time, Ms. Razzini assisted orchestra classes at Wheaton North High School, St. Charles East High School, and K-5 music at Elmwood Elementary School.


    Outside of teaching, Ms. Razzini is a violist in the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra and performs with Twisted Pearl (musical ensemble with focus on Baroque era compositions). She is currently in the process of earning her certification in Paul Rolland string pedagogy. Some of her favorite musical memories include private lessons with Charles Pikler (former principal violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), touring China with her high school orchestra, and assistant-directing the Wheaton North HS Sinfonia Strings in a virtual performance of Rudolf Haken’s Concerto in F. In addition to teaching, Ms. Razzini enjoys creating studio artwork, gardening, and hiking.

     

    Schedule:

    Mondays- Ranch View Elementary School
    Wednesdays- Meadow Glens Elementary School
    Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays- Kennedy Junior High

  • Kennedy Orchestra Ensembles

     

    6th Grade Orchestra

    6th Grade Orchestra is designed to transition incoming 6th graders into a larger performance ensemble. Students will learn the basic skills needed to perform in an orchestral ensemble and focus on executing proper playing techniques while strengthening their sight-reading skills. Members are required to attend all rehearsals, lessons, and performances.  Rehearsals take place twice a week during supervised study.

    Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays- 9th period.

     

    7th Grade Orchestra

    7th Grade Orchestra is designed to introduce students to a variety of genres of music while teaching them how to execute different playing styles in orchestra. Rehearsals are during supervised study twice a week. Members are expected to attend all rehearsals, lessons, and performances.
     
    Rehearsal schedule: Tuesday and Thursday – 8th period

     

    8th Grade Orchestra

    8th grade Orchestra students are expected to incorporate a culmination of all the skills they have acquired in 6th and 7th grade. 8th Grade Orchestra students perform literature from all periods and from a variety of genres. Kennedy orchestra members are expected to independently prepare technical aspects of literature prior to rehearsing together in a large group setting. Rehearsals take place twice a week during supervised study.

    Rehearsal schedule: Tuesday and Thursday- 4th period