Duluth orchestra hits the right note in New York
May 5, 2013 by James
Placing first in the National Band & Orchestra Festival in late April, the Duluth High School (DHS) Chamber Orchestra lit up the stage, impressing the audience and judges at the event this year.
It was a huge stage for the orchestra, which is comprised of more than 300 students from the school.
The annual event sees musical ensembles from all over the country, and Canada, perform their signature pieces in the afternoon adjudication sessions, before being voted through to the evening sessions.
While the afternoon sessions are for judging only, the evening sessions are attended by members of the public. It is a very big deal to be taken to the evening session, especially as the featured ensemble.
This year’s event took place at the Avery Fisher Hall in the Lincoln Center in New York. With many global classical luminaries having taken to the stage here, it was already a big event. Taking first prize is something that cannot be underestimated, and something of which the whole of Duluth should be proud, especially since the results of the April 21 vote were unanimous.
Led by 2013 American String Teachers Association-Georgia Chapter Educator of the Year D. Peter Lemonds, and fellow music teacher Shawn Morton, the stage usually playing host to the New York Philharmonic was a fitting venue for one of the DHS’ finest performances.