“I ended up taking orchestra and honors orchestra both semesters freshman year. Then, I took orchestra up to honors throughout my high school career. In all honesty, the violin is a challenging instrument and much more arduous to learn than people give it credit for being. That said, Mr. Parker made it fun to learn and every day resulted in some inside joke that stayed with us till the end of the year. I would highly advocate for taking orchestra at HPC because it offers up a therapeutic outlet, a lesson in diligence, and a more free flowing classroom than just about any other class in the school. It has completely changed the way I listen to music. Now, when I listen to a song, I am able to catch the contribution of each part to the overall work and identify the dynamics used.” -Isaac R. (c/o 2017)