Orchestra Director Bio
Meghan Razzini is the orchestra director at Kennedy Junior High, Meadow Glens Elementary, and Ranch View Elementary. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Music Education. 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 Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. 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 a virtual performance of Rudolf Haken’s Concerto in F (for extended-range viola).
Mondays- Ranch View Elementary School
Wednesdays- Meadow Glens Elementary School
Tuesday, Thursday, and 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