University High School’s symphony orchestra recently placed first nationally at a competition held in Tampa, FL. The group was already in some pretty elite company.
Uni’s Orchestra Director Grace Lee, said just ten of the top programs from around the country were invited to the National Orchestra Festival, which was organized by the American Strings Teachers Association and held March 3rd through March 6th.
“It was a wonderful experience, and the kids really enjoyed every minute of it,” Lee said. “From listening to top orchestra groups across the nation, to receiving valuable post-performance feedback from world renowned clinicians, to jamming out on electric string instruments, to learning how to play gypsy jazz, it was all an unforgettable experience the kids will remember for a lifetime.”
Three years ago, Uni’s symphony orchestra placed second in the nation. This year, they returned to the competition with a renewed focus.
According to its website, the National Orchestra Festival invites youth, middle school and high school orchestras, which are selected to participate based on their applications and supporting materials. Groups can compete or receive evaluations for their performances, which are followed by educational clinics.