Youth orchestra raising funds to participate in national competition

Posted on: August 20, 2010

In Friday’s (8/20) Hometown News (Vero Beach, Florida), Jessica Tuggle writes, “After the Vero Beach High School Symphony Orchestra received word they had successfully auditioned for the 2011 National Orchestra Festival, they were excited, but knew getting there was going to be a challenge. An idea to let the students show their skills to the community to raise financial support was met with enthusiasm by local business owners, and the ‘Random Acts of Music’ fundraiser was born. This summer, and into the fall and winter months, solos, duets and musical ensembles from the symphony orchestra will crop up at different times in different locations, displaying their musical talents to passers-by in hopes of earning funds to travel to Kansas City, Mo., next March for the competition. The National Orchestra Festival is an annual festival held in conjunction with the American String Teachers Association National Conference. … Twelve high-school orchestras are invited to the competition after an audition process, said Matt Stott, director of the symphony orchestra. … About 88 students are in the symphony orchestra and early calculations put the cost per student at $750 each, he said.”

Posted August 20, 2010