Cello, it’s Me
January 3, 2018
Isabella Perrigo joined the Central Middle School orchestra in sixth grade, as
Perrigo puts it, “I always just liked the fact that I could sit down.” Since then, it has grown into a passion that has taken her outside of the school sponsored program.
Most recently, Perrigo performed at “Wayzata Idol”, playing the cello for Julia Robley’s rendition of “Symphony” by Zara Larsson.
“I knew that Isabella was passionate about the cello and very talented as well,” said Robley. “I thought [she] would be a perfect fit.”
This year, Isabella auditioned for the Minnesota Youth Symphony (MYS) after four years of playing through the school. “It’s a music program where people get the chance to work in a symphonic setting,” says Perrigo.
MYS requires auditions before accepting any students into the symphony, and according to Perrigo, they’re fairly rigorous. “I had to prepare a solo, a pre chosen excerpt, scales and rhythm work, and bthen had to sight-read a piece in the audition.”
MYS performs at a state-level. Most recently, Isabella had a concert at the Minnesota Orchestra Hall. “It was so cool to be able to play from that stage in such an amazing place.”
Isabella made the decision to switch from the school’s orchestra over to MYS this year, saying “With MYS, I had the opportunity to play with other classes of instruments (brass, winds, percussion). MYS seemed to be a better fit.” Wayzata’s orchestra program only includes string instruments such as violins, violas, cellos and basses.
Perrigo’s next MYS performance will be on December 9 at Rosedale Shopping
Center, for a “Play-a-thon”. “We’re raising money for the program, so every orchestra is taking a shift playing for a few hours” said Perrigo.