“The school corporation [in Plainfield, Indiana] has created a new symphony program headed by KARAH CROCKETT, a recent DePauw University graduate,” reports the Hendricks County Flyer. Crockett, a 2013 alum of DePauw, currently “travels between Plainfield Community Middle School and Plainfield High School, directing both orchestras.” She had previously been working with Indianapolis Public Schools.

“This is my fourth year teaching orchestra,” Crockett, who majored in music education at DePauw, told the newspaper. “Some parts of this have been easy. The beginning sixth-graders just starting out on a new instrument — that part would have been the same whether an orchestra program had been in place already. The other grades were a little different, especially when you get into high school.”

There’s a mix of kids who have played string instruments for a while and who have never played at all. I have a girl ready to go to college for violin performance. And I have beginners who have never played any instruments before. So it’s a wide range of abilities.... But, for the first year of a program, I don’t think I could ask for anything better.”

The Plainfield Middle School Orchestra's Advanced Chamber Ensemble (pictured above right), directed by Crockett, opened the recent meeting of the PCSC board of trustees to demonstrate the recent work they have been doing.

Read the full story on the paper's website here.