Lee valedictorian to perform senior recital

Published on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 22:19 - Written by Staff Reports

Robert E. Lee High School valedictorian Dhruv Narayanan will perform his senior violin recital on Saturday.

The free event, which is open to the public, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the Braithwaite Recital Hall at the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on The University of Texas at Tyler campus. A reception will follow.

Narayanan began playing violin in 2004, as a member of the AP Willits Elementary School orchestra in Syosset, New York, according to a bio about him.

After moving to Tyler, he began performing with the Tyler Preparatory Orchestra, eventually progressing to play with the Tyler Youth Orchestra.

Narayanan attended middle school at Moore MST Magnet School, and was accepted into the middle school All-City and All-Region Orchestras three consecutive years.

In eighth-grade, he was concertmaster for Moore’s varsity orchestra.

At Lee, Narayanan has been a part of the first violin section for the Varsity Chamber Orchestra for the past four years.

He auditioned and was accepted into the High School All-Region Orchestra for all four years (2010–14).

In addition, he has received first division ratings in the East Texas Area UIL Solo/Ensemble contest and qualified for state for the past four years.

A member of the Texas Swing Fiddlers, Narayanan has played fiddle music all over East Texas, according to his bio.

For the past eight years, he has studied with Ruth E. Morrow and has participated in many recitals.

He plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas where he will major in mechanical engineering and minor in music.

During his recital, Kerry Baham, a native of Hammond, Louisiana, will be the accompanying pianist.

Baham has advanced degrees in piano performance from the University of North Texas and Southeastern Louisiana University.