Middle-schoolers ‘open’ for famed quartet

Members of the Ridgeview Charter Middle School string quartet “opened” for the famed Manhattan String Quartet Sept. 19 at the Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton, Ga. Three eighth-grade string quartets performed in the lobby before the concert; 29 orchestra members attended the event.

“This was an amazing opportunity,” said Ridgeview orchestra director Kristeen Sorrells.

Kyles chosen for opera

North Springs Charter High School senior Jessica Kyles is one of eight metro Atlanta students chosen for The Atlanta Opera’s new High School Opera Institute.

From October to May, she will attend workshops and vocal coaching sessions, attend Atlanta Opera rehearsals and showcase her voice in a spring concert with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Kyles, a soprano and magnet student of Van Craven, choral teacher at North Springs, has been a member of the school’s honor choir, all-state choir and the “Quartet of Promise.”