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Yorktown High School Orchestra Earns Highest Rating

Yorktown High School's Concert Orchestra drew rave reviews at the recent Rhythms International Festival held in April in Washington D. C.
Yorktown High School's Concert Orchestra drew rave reviews at the recent Rhythms International Festival held in April in Washington D. C. Photo Credit: Yorktown HIgh School

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N. Y. -- Yorktown High School's Concert Orchestra is celebrating a "superior" rating earned at the Rhythms International Festival last month in Washington D.C.

The 56-member orchestra performed performed “Serenade for Strings” by Tchaikovsky and “Perseus” by Soon Hee Newbold at the festival. The rating is the highest possible, school officials said.

“This group is ‘superior’ in so many ways,” said Yorktown Orchestra Director Nancy Torrente, who was joined by math teacher Terry Shaw and school nurse Vicky Sullivan and several parents as chaperones for the recent trip.

In addition to the concert festival, the students heard a classical concert at the Kennedy Center, visited the Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial and two museums during their nearly three-day stay in Washington D.C.

Rhythms is a music festival company founded in 2003 to provide student music groups with the experience of travelling to a major city to perform together.

Torrente says the extensive music program at Yorktown is a credit of support from the district and the board of education. “Many thanks for approving, allowing and supporting these experiences for our students. They learn so much and represent the Yorktown community fantastically,” she said.

The orchestra is open to all string students in grades 10 to 12 who have participated in the Studio Orchestra. The Yorktown orchestra will perform live at home at 7:30 p.m. May 24 for the spring concert Yorktown High School auditorium, 2727 Crompond Road.

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