This exciting partnership with area middle and high school music programs continues this season, welcoming music students to attend our concerts and dress rehearsals at no cost, and encouraging talented young musicians to audition for a spot in our orchestra. We are also exploring collaborations with high school ensembles and preparing Special Q&A sessions for students with our Maestro!
In addition, we are seeking other ways to support our area’s youth by helping raise funds for their special musical opportunities. Last year, we held a raffle at one of our concerts, where we contributed proceeds to support the Mount Vernon High School Wind Ensemble’s trip to Carnegie Hall!
From Jacob Scherr
Mount Vernon High School
Director of Bands and Orchestra:
Dear Skagit Symphony,
The arts are alive and well in Skagit Valley! Musicians young and old within our community grow together and form a unique family. The support of this fantastic orchestra to help make it possible for the Mount Vernon High School Wind Ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall, NY was beyond inspiring. Thank you for making this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity a reality!
Mount Vernon High School
Director of Bands and Orchestra
From MVHS Students:
“Traveling to New York City was a fantastic experience for both me and all of my peers. To contribute to such a legacy of excellence in the MVSD music programs was extremely gratifying. The rehearsal process was long and often tedious, but the opportunity to perform in such an esteemed venue was life-changing. Never have I ever played in such a rich acoustic space, and to think that so many of my musical inspirations have played in the same facility is awe-inspiring and truly humbling.”
– Drew Shipman, Flute (Senior Year trip to NY)
“Having the opportunity just to go to New York normally is one you never would want to miss. But getting the chance to perform on one of the greatest settings in the music world is an experience that will stay with someone forever. For me personally, getting to perform on a stage that some of the world’s greatest musicians have performed on was an experience that has inspired me to go as far as I can with music, and it was one of the big turning points in my life. It is one of the memories that I will treasure forever. From the build-up to going, seeing how hard everyone was working to make this performance amazing, to the performance itself, where everyone gave it their all. The energy when were exiting the stage was one that I thought would never end. Emotions were all over the place; energy was high. Words alone cannot fully describe what it means to play across the country on an amazing stage with such incredible musicians and directors.”
– Lucas Webster, Tuba (Freshman Year trip to NY)