Honors String Quartet members to perform in virtual conference


Karey Sitzler

Hanna Wu, Amanda Suh, Andrew Hammock, and Rachel Monsor perform a Beethoven String Quartet at Ocean Lakes as part of their submission video for the VMEA Virtual Conference.

Four Ocean Lakes music students were selected to perform in the 2020 VMEA Virtual Conference. 

Violinists Hanna Wu and Amanda Suh, violist Andrew Hammock, and cellist Rachel Monsor were chosen by the Virginia Music Educators Association to participate in this conference.

“The Virginia Music Educator’s Association held their annual conference this year as a virtual event. A competition was held to select small ensembles from all over Virginia to be featured over the course of the weekend,” said orchestra teacher Karey Sitzler. “It was open to band, orchestra, and chorus members from all high schools in the state.”

The small ensemble performances streamed on both the Socio conference app and the VMEA Facebook page last Friday and Saturday.

“It was so thrilling to see our Ocean Lakes String Quartet on video presenting a Beethoven String Quartet with professionalism and grace. The group met for two hours socially distanced with masks in late September and recorded their submission which was played at all three “lobby concerts,” said Sitzler.