Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School Orchestra Excels

By  //  March 10, 2013

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Brevard County Schools

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA — Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School middle school orchestra performed at the Florida Orchestra Association District 10 Concert Music Performance Assessment.

David Herzog

The Edgewood middle school orchestra is directed by David Herzog with special strings consultant Linda Waid

The orchestra performed three pieces of music at the District 10 assessment to the delight of the audience at the Titusville High School Performing Arts Center: Tribal Dance by Brian Balmages; Canyon Sunset by John Caponegro and Stone Mountain Stomp by Carl Strommen.

Herzog, the Chorus and Orchestra Director at Edgewood, sets the bar high for the exceptional students that make up the polished Edgewood middle-school Orchestra.

“We have very talented students at Edgewood and we are proud of our Chorus and Orchestra program” said Herzog. “It’s wonderful to see the students develop a passion for music and take pride in our school.”

Rivals Any Middle School Orchestra In Florida

With the addition of expert string consultant, Linda Waid, the Edgewood Orchestra rivals any middle school orchestra in the state.

Linda Waid

“This assessment gives our students another chance to perform and to be exposed to more learning and appreciation for music,” said Waid, who is strings consultant for eight schools on Merritt Island including Edgewood and Merritt Island High School.

Brevard is the ninth most populous county in the state and ranks in the nation’s top ten fastest growing metropolitan areas.

Brevard’s high technology influence has continued to grow as a result of the Kennedy Space Center and numerous electronic industries moving into the region. In the last 11 years, Brevard County has had the greatest number of International Science Fair winners in the world.

A local symphony orchestra, an art center, community theaters, and museums of history and science provide cultural activities.

Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

In 2012, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Edgewood 43rd in the nation and as one of the top three high schools in the country for math and science.

In 2012, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Edgewood 43rd in the nation and as one of the top three high schools in the country for math and science. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

A student must qualify to attend Edgewood. The student must be proficient in reading and mathematics on the state assessment test and have and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Students must complete an application and go through a lottery process to be accepted into the school.

All middle school courses are taught at an advanced level. High school courses are offered at the honors level and some advanced placement levels. In addition, Edgewood boasts many excellent extra and co-curricular programs. Students are expected to meet the graduation requirements for a Diploma of Distinction.

This includes completing 25 hours of service learning per year. The student’s parent/guardian must volunteer for the school at least 20 hours per year.

About Edgewood Junior Senior High School

Edgewood serves 950 students in grades 7–12 and is led by Principal Ken Winn and 93 faculty and staff members. Edgewood is a School of Choice that has served Brevard County for 10 years and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and High Schools.

FOR MORE INFORMATION LOG ON TO Edgewood.brevard.k12.fl.us