The evening opened with the Darby High School Chamber Orchestra performing "Spring" from "The Four Seasons" as the Fall Concert was being hosted by the Hilliard Station Sixth Grade School.

The evening opened with the Darby High School Chamber Orchestra performing "Spring" from "The Four Seasons" as the Fall Concert was being hosted by the Hilliard Station Sixth Grade School.

"That was the top 25 students in the Darby program," said music teacher Erin Yelton Broadhurst as she thought about the concert held on Nov. 18.

Broadhurst, who works at Memorial Middle School where the concert was being held as well as Station Sixth Grade and Hoffman Trails and Darby Creek elementary schools, was proud of the musical efforts poured forth by the high school students as well as her current students.

Having taught for seven years, with two of those years spent in Middletown near Dayton, Broadhurst has been in the Hilliard City School District long enough to see some of her former students performing at the high school level.

The high school has about 90 players, according to Broadhurst.

"The chamber orchestra was a select group from their top orchestra," she said.

Once Director John Riegel and his high school students stepped from the stage, the Station sixthgraders demonstrated what they have been learning.

Most of Broadhurst's current students have played an instrument for about a year and a half since they typically make their selections in the fifth grade.

"We haven't played out much," she said.

The Fall Concert gives them a chance to get used to the audience.

"They did a fantastic job," she said. "Sixth-grade concerts are low key, a mix of parents and some of the high school students, but it is a very supportive audience. They played very well."

Broadhurst said she and the other two teachers with whom she works, Riegel and Sarah Robinson, have a wonderful group of students this year.

"The work they do is wonderful," she said. "The product is all them."

At the sixth-grade level the students are broken into three classes, generally based on the instruments they are playing.

"So we can give them a small group experience," Broadhurst explained.

Then, once a week, on Friday, the entire group comes together for the full orchestra experience.

"I like to see the reaction in the students when they learn how to do something they couldn't do before," she said. "When the light goes on in their heads, when they perform something they couldn't do previously."

The longer she teaches, Broadhurst said, the more she has a sense regarding what skills need to be taught and in what order.

"I remember those days when a piece of music felt frustrating," she said. "The students teach me what I need to teach them. We give them as many skills as possible and apply it to their music so they feel successful."

Broadhurst, who primarily played the viola, said it is no secret that she is still partial to the instrument.

"I get excited when a student is interested in the viola," she said.

A year or two ago several of her students were interested in the violin, but this year the viola is catching on again.

"It is easier on the ears in a way," she said.

During the discernment process, she said students come in to test the instruments.

"They try all of the band instruments and then come across the hall and try the string instruments," she said. "They figure out what suits their personality."

Her students typically practice for about 30 minutes to an hour each day to become proficient with their instruments.

This year the music teachers have about 10 students who have family members who have gone through the program.

"It is unbelievable to me to remember the eighth-graders I had as these beautiful, well-spoken seniors in high school," said Broadhurst.

The sixth-graders showed the range of music they are playing when they performed a French Folk Song, Rockin' Strings, Shortnin' Bread and then closed with Rhumba-Bumba.

A 45-minute program is on the short side, according to Broadhurst, but it is a nice length for a concert.

"It leaves the audience wanting more," she said.