Violas Play a Vital Role in Orchestra

News, Orchestra, Rotator — By on November 1, 2016 10:50 am
The high school orchestra performs Oct. 18 in the district auditorium. Photo by Lexi Flockhart.

The high school orchestra performs Oct. 18 in the district auditorium. Photo by Lexi Flockhart.

By Lexi Flockhart

On Lily Cripe’s left, past Zach Vig, the cellos play their melodious sound. On her right past Evan Twedt, the violins play their high pitch. In the middle, Cripe, Twedt, and Vig all play the viola, the lesser known instrument in orchestra.

“Each instrument has its own part in orchestra,” said Cripe. “It’s almost like a cupcake. Basses are the cupcake wrapper because they hold everything together. Cellos are like the cake because they make up the body of the sound. Violins are the frosting because they make everything sound fancy, and lastly would be the violas; they’re like the sprinkles–they make everything sound better.”

Lily Cripe

Lily Cripe

So why would students choose to play a viola, an instrument slightly larger than a violin with a lower and deeper sound? “My mom and her friend played it, besides it’s awesome!” said Cripe.

“I liked the sound of the instrument better than the violins,” Twedt said. He has been playing for five years.

The orchestra held their fall concert on Oct. 18 at the middle school auditorium.

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