Class of 2016-2017: Rachel Wilder and Andrew Hall
STUDENT SHOWCASE: Rachel Wilder and Andrew Hall
Wilder: Cello | Hall: Piano (South Medford High)
Season 10, Episode 4
Rachel Wilder — Rachel Wilder is a 16 year-old student at South Medford High School. She has been playing the Cello since the age of 9. She was inspired by her older brother who also is an accomplished Cellist. She received accolades and awards allowing her the opportunity compete at the state level in Solo Cello Competitions. She also auditioned and received a spot to perform with the All State Orchestra of Oregon. In addition to these opportunities she played with the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and the South High School Chamber Orchestra. She not only is a musician but a scholar and athlete. She currently is involved in numerous honors and AP courses and competes on the South High School Rowing Team. Rachel is also a leader in her church youth group. She performs numerous hours of service to others along with sharing her love of music with members of her faith.
Andrew Hall — Andrew Hall is a 16 year-old student from South Medford High School. He has been playing the piano since the age of 8. He was inspired to play because of his father who is also an accomplished pianist. Andrew has had many opportunities to perform the piano. He has competed in Piano Sonata competitions at the University of Oregon as a teenager up against college students. He also had the prestigious opportunity to perform in a master class for a piano professor from Julliard at Southern Oregon University. He currently studies with Alexander Tutunov. In addition to music Andrew also is a scholar and an athlete. Andrew is involved in numerous honors and AP courses at South Medford High School. He also is member of the South High School Varsity Soccer Team and Varsity Wrestling team. Andrew is also student leader. He currently serves as his SMHS 10th Grade Vice-President. Andrew also just completed and received his Eagle Scout Rank, performing a project based on the collection of shoes for the underserved population in Jackson County.
Together Andrew and Rachel have shared their love of music at various events. They have performed in music recital halls, school functions, church programs, and Christmas parties. They look forward to many more years of performing together.