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Upper Dublin High School Sophisticated Strings
Mrs. Virginia Herrmann, Director
vherrman@udsd.org 215-643-8900 ext. 2061

The UDHS Sophisticated Strings are comprised of musical enthusiasts from the UDHS orchestra. Whereas the 50+ membership in the UDHS orchestra is our academic activity for academic credit, the Sophisticated Strings is a club activity in which students elect to join for after school practices and performance events. Presently, the group is about 30 members strong. Approximately 180 musical selections comprise our repertoire which represents classical chamber music as well as music from the novelty, popular, show tunes and rock genres. The repertoire evolves accordingly with the tastes, programmatic needs, and abilities of the group. The Sophisticated Strings perform a wide variety of about 25 performance venues throughout the year at UDHS as well as within the community. In December, the Sophisticated Strings perform a holiday venue at area events. In the spring, we host an annual String Orchestra Festival Adjudication for groups from five surrounding counties. Officers are elected to perform the tasks of organization for performances, planning events, and webmaster for the Sophisticated Strings pages on http://udhsorchestras.wikispaces.com.

Special Interest
In 2007, the UDHS Sophisticated Strings were selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Annual Conference in Hershey, PA. This performance at the Annual PMEA Award Luncheon featured the group’s usual venue of “music for fine dining” as well as a concert performance for the distinguished group of educators and administrators in attendance. In 2010, a string quartet from the Sophisticated Strings was selected to present two performances at the annual PMEA Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA. Most recently, the combined UDHS Sophisticated Strings and the UDHS String Orchestra have been selected to present a special performance of 45 minutes of selected works for string orchestra at the PMEA Annual Conference to be held in Hershey, PA on Friday March 28, 2014 @ 8:30am at the Hershey Lodge.

Highlights of annual performances include:

UD Community Day
UDHS Back to School Night
UD Crafts Festival at SRMS
Dedication Ceremony of UDSD Administration Buildings for Dr. Clair Brown
"Gift of Music" performances at Willow Grove Mall for Musicopia and the Preit Corporation
Benefit Dinner for the Kulp Family
Benefit "Wine in Winter" for Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund
Assisting with the UDSD Honors Orchestra Auditions
UDSD celebration of American Education Week
Environmental Ecology Club Spaghetti Dinner at UDHS
UDHS Hall of Fame Induction Celebration Dinner
UDHS at Barnes & Noble Night
UDSD Dinner for Middle States Evaluators and Administration
Holiday Performances at Hope Lodge
Holiday Performances at Dresher Estates
Holiday Performances at Fort Washington and Gwynedd Estates
Meadowbrook Farm for PHS Holiday Open House
Retirement Dinner for Dr. Seyou at Joseph Ambler Inn
Valentine’s Day Tea Performance at Dresher Estates
Performances at the WEL UM community
Music in Our Schools Concerts at UDHS
Hosting the Annual String Orchestra Festival Adjudication (SOFA)
Performance at Jarrettown United Methodist Church
PTO Spaghetti Dinners at Thomas Fitzwater and Jarrettown Elementary Schools
Performances at the Fort Washington Businessmen's Association Gatherings
Victorian Tea for the Fort Washington Historical Association
Select performances at PMEA Annual Conference in Hershey, PA
Selected UDHS Ensembles Concerts
UDSD Allied Arts Festival
Eastern Vocational School Appreciation Dinner
International Family Fair at UDHS
Evening of Music & Poetry at UD Twp. Library
Senior Activity Awards Evening
UD Medal Dinner
UDHS Staff Retirement Dinner

UDHS Sophisticated Strings at PMEA Annual Conference 4.20.07 at Hershey, PA



UDHS String Quartet--performers at the 2010 PMEA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.


Selected members of Sophisticated Strings at Willow Grove Mall for 11.12.09 for Gift of Music campaign