North HS Orchestra competes in Boston Heritage Festival

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Members of the Valley Stream North High School Orchestra and North’s Breakfast Club ensemble took part in a music competition in Boston, Massachusetts, during the weekend of April 1. Both groups, with a total of 46 students, enjoyed a three-day/two-night trip with a multitude of activities.  

Some highlights of the experience included visits to Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, Northeastern University and the New England Aquarium, as well as attendance at a concert of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Heritage Festival Gala Awards Ceremony.

The Heritage Festival is an annual competition for high school musical ensembles from all over the country. There were a total of 26 groups participating, from as far away as Arizona and California. Both Valley Stream North ensembles performed beautifully to an audience of fellow Heritage participants, North parents who accompanied and supported the students and a panel of esteemed adjudicators.
Immediately following each performance, one of the adjudicators presented a clinic to the musicians and discussed their performances.

Orchestra Director Rebecca Hayden is proud to announce that North’s Breakfast Club received second-place in the Chamber Orchestra Division, and the Orchestra placed third in the String Orchestra Division. From the entire field of 26 ensembles from across the country, North High School received the “Spirit of Boston” award. This trophy is presented to the school that best represents themselves and their community through every aspect of their time spent at the Heritage Festival.