Exceptional RHS Violinist Accepted into Prestigious State and Regional Ensembles


Junior violinist Elizabeth Morgievich will have the honor of performing in both the All-State Orchestra and the All-Eastern Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, this spring.

Jaylynn Crespo, Arts Editor

Junior violinist Elizabeth Morgievich was accepted into the highly selective All-State Orchestra and All-Eastern Orchestra and is set to perform with them at the Eastman School of Music in New York this spring.

Very few students from New Jersey have the honor of performing in the All-State Orchestra, which is comprised of New Jersey’s top high school musicians, and even fewer are selected for All-Eastern.

Morgievich was selected based not only on her audition but also on her past accomplishments. In previous years, she performed with the All-State Orchestra and was accepted into the Junior and Senior Regional Orchestras, which are comprised of talented musicians from northern New Jersey. She was also ranked one of the top six musicians in the region for the Senior Orchestra. Morgievich was also a featured soloist in the annual String Fest concert at RHS, performing the challenging “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” by Camille Saint-Saëns on Feb. 27 of this year.

Morgievich said she was looking forward to being in such a prestigious environment for her upcoming concert at Eastman. “I feel like I can relate to the other musicians I will be surrounded by,” she said. “We share the same goals and mindset. The experience will be inspiring and exciting and will definitely help me improve my musicianship going forward.”

A dedicated student musician who began playing the violin in fourth grade, Morgievich remains devoted to her craft. “I began improving by having the mindset that if I do something and spend my time on it, I might as well be good at it,” she said.

Eric Schaberg, the high school orchestra teacher, is endlessly proud of her achievements. “There is not much more that Elizabeth can do in four years in a New Jersey high school on violin,” he said. “But if there is something else, I have no doubt that Elizabeth has the talent and the skills to accomplish that goal.”

Outside of school, Morgievich has performed at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She intends to pursue music as a career after high school by majoring in it and eventually joining a professional orchestra. What advice would she would give other aspiring musicians? “Practice, practice, practice,” she said. “Putting time and effort into what you do will come back to you in the end.”