High school symphonic band and chamber singers travel to New York City

From Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, the high school symphonic band and chamber singers traveled to New York City for an experiential trip. 
The students attended a concert by the New York Philharmonic (one of the top 5 orchestras in the world) and participated in a Q&A with an orchestra member afterwards. Sharon Yamada, a violinist with the orchestra since 1988, provided much insight as to what it takes to be in an orchestra.  
“The students asked engaging questions too! It was tremendously informative,” reflects Jeff Foster, high school band director. 
Students also took a stage-door tour of Radio City Music Hall. There was a live show taking place which the students were able to observe from a light booth observation room 190 feet above the stage. The hall was packed full of about 6,000 audience members to witness the Radio City Christmas Spectacular which featured a live orchestra.  
Next, students watched a performance of Aladdin at the New Amsterdam theater. After the performance, students had the opportunity to meet several cast members and engaged in some enlightening conversations about musical theater. 
The trip also included a visit to Ladder 54 firehouse, the firehouse which suffered the greatest loss on 9/11. The students got to meet the firefighters and tour the house. The Chamber Singers gave a stunning performance of the Star-Spangled Banner for the fire fighters.  
“The trip concluded with lunch at Ellen’s Stardust Diner where the staff will take turns singing Broadway and Pop hits,” smiles Foster. 
Thank you to the symphonic band and chamber singers for a fabulous trip.