The VUHS Symphonic Band and Concert Choir traveled to Philadelphia, PA April 6-9, 2017 to perform in the World Strides OnStage Music Festival. Each ensemble performed on April 8th for a panel of three collegiate music educators. They received comments and rankings from each adjudicator. The Symphonic Band received a 1st Place Gold ranking, and the concert Choir earned a Silver ranking. The entire VUHS music group was awarded a trophy for the Festival Spirit Award, given to a group that best represents their school and community at the festival. Bravo Vergennes!
While in Philadelphia, the 82 music students and 16 chaperones took a historic walking tour of the Old City, and saw a production of "Freedom Rising" at the National Constitution Center. They heard an incredible concert at the Kimmel Center by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and shivered through a baseball game between the Phillies and the Nationals. The group also spent time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Many thanks to the VUHS music parents for organizing an amazing welcome home from the festival complete with signs, Main Street lined with supporters, and lots of fire trucks and police vehicles with flashing lights! The buses were filled with students and adults smiling, shrieking, and crying!
Mrs. O'Daniel and Miss Fitt are filled with pride for the way that the Symphonic Band and Concert Choir performed at the music festival. The hard work and practice of every student showed in the confidence they had as they performed in the adjudicated concert. Their attitudes and behavior were exemplary. VUHS is a wonderful school where every student can experience success!