Voila! Murphy Student Earns First Chair Viola Position
Murphy Middle School (MMS) student, Diego Ruiz, fell in love with the viola in 6th grade. Brian Henson, Orchestra Director at MMS, is his teacher. Ruiz enrolled at Baylor’s Band and Orchestra Camp this summer, along with students from all over Texas. He has practiced hundreds of hours at home and at school. After his audition, Ruiz said, “I chose a Lindsey Stirling piece among others, since I was worried that the music I presented at the audition was not challenging enough to gain anyone’s attention.” He was auditioned by Erica Photiades.
Directed by Marcelle Martin, the Baylor Middle School Orchestra Band presented several popular pieces such as Best of Queen, The Incredibles, Russian Sailor’s Dance and Sound of a Sound.
(Photo Above) Diego Ruiz, after his performance as 1st Chair Viola at Jones Concert Hall, Baylor University.