HHS Orchestra does a Mardi-GREAT Job at New Orleans Competition

April 4, 2017- Germantown, Tennessee- If you’re walking around Houston High School, you may be lucky enough to catch the stray melodies of Vivaldi or a Beethoven drifting down the hallway. These beautiful notes, of course, eminate from the classroom that houses our lovely orchestra. The Houston Orchestra has received several commendations from local and national competitions and has many students selected each year for the All-West, All State, and All National Orchestras. But, this past week, these talented students have truly outdone themselves.

HHS students smiling in front of respected World War II Museum

The Houston Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra traveled down to the city of New Orleans to compete at the 2017 Worldstrides Music Festival. There, they received the highest score of any other orchestra on their performance, as well as, the highest score of any other instrumental group there. Their devotion to precision and practice showed on a national scale in the Crescent City.

Orchestra members pose with their deserved trophies and plaques.

However, these students’ experience didn’t stop at competition. They were exposed to the historical richness and bustle that is the city of New Orleans. They visited Mardi-Gras World, the French Quarter, and the World War II Museum. These students somehow managed to achieve excellence, while also learning and having fun.

Orchestra director, Dr. Long Long Kang, smiles proudly with student awards.

The train of success doesn’t stop there for the Houston Orchestra either. They will be performing at the nationally revered Carnegie Hall in New York City later this month. We are certain they will bring their beautiful music from the halls of Houston there and do all of us proud. Congratulations again to the unbelievably talented HHS Orchestra on their win in New Orleans and good luck in the Big Apple!

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