Performance by the DCMS and DCHS Orchestra to celebrate the career of outgoing manager Higdon

Karen Higdon | Photo provided

The Daviess County Middle and High School Orchestras are hosting a Spring Concert and Silent Auction from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at DCHS. The evening will also include a reception which will provide an opportunity for current and former students and families to share words of appreciation with longtime orchestral instructor Karen Higdon, who is retiring at the end of the year. school year 2021-22.

The school is located at 4255 New Hartford Road. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in the DCHS auditorium and is conducted by Higdon and Kyle Payton.

The silent auction – which is open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – includes works of art, furniture and lamps created from instrument parts, as well as framed musical prints, mugs and other related items to the music. One of the highlights of the auction is an autographed Stingray electric violin signed by Mark Wood, Emmy Award-winning composer and recording artist, original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin. .

Higdon taught orchestra in the Daviess County Public Schools District for 27 years. The May 10 concert marks her final performance as Director of the DCPS Orchestra as she retires after 38 years of teaching. His DCHS orchestras have performed in Nashville, Cincinnati and Chicago as well as Northern Kentucky University, Murray State University and the University of Illinois. They have performed with guest artists such as Wood and professional fiddler Daryl Anger. Higdon students have attended concerts by Itzak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other iconic artists.

“Every child has something inside them that deserves to be heard,” Higdon said. “I am so blessed to have been able to help my students bring out their joy through music.”

In addition to teaching in the school setting, Higdon performed with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, led pit orchestras for musicals, and assisted with the Youth Symphony Orchestra. At the state level, Higdon has served as president of the Kentucky Music Educators Association Orchestra, magazine editor and president of the Kentucky Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and has worked with the Kentucky Department of Education the design and evaluation of state test equipment. She has also worked with the American String Teachers Association as chair of the planning committee for their national conference in Atlanta.

“My class is a microcosm of society. If my students can drop their bags at the door and come together to create beauty in the world through music, surely society can do the same,” Higdon said.

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