Oxbridge Student Selected For All-State Orchestra

Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches will be represented for the first time in the Florida Orchestra Association’s All-State Orchestra.

On Nov. 5, sophomore violinist Allison Taylor was selected as one of approximately 72 students throughout the state in grades nine and 10 to earn a coveted spot in the acclaimed musical group.

Taylor will perform with the All-State Orchestra Jan. 10-12 at the annual Florida Music Educators Association Convention in Tampa.

“Being selected for the Florida All-State Orchestra is one of the highest honors for a young musician,” said Cleve Maloon, Oxbridge Academy’s director of music program. “Thousands of students across the state auditioned for this prestigious group and only the best of the best were selected. We are so proud of Allison’s accomplishment and look forward to having many more of our students perform at the all-state level as we continue to grow and enhance the music program at Oxbridge Academy.”

Taylor, a West Palm Beach resident, started playing the violin at the age of 3. In addition to being a talented violinist, she sings, acts and plays piano, which she majored in at the Bak Middle School of the Arts. This is her second time to perform as a member of the All-State Orchestra. She was a selected violinist in the seventh grade as well. Taylor has performed with a number of other renowned musical groups throughout the state, including the Florida Youth Orchestra in Davie, the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County and the Boca Raton Symphonia. She was also selected to attend the premier Interlochen Arts Camp last summer.

At Oxbridge Academy, the school’s mission is to provide a challenging and dynamic education in the classroom, laboratory, art studio and athletic fields that produces leaders through integration of meaningful student research, collaboration, creativity and life-changing service learning.

Oxbridge Academy is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. The next open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. To register, or for more information on the academy, call (561) 972-9600 or visit www.oapb.org.


Above: Allison Taylor will perform with the All-State Orchestra.