SJ High Orchestra Slated for National Orchestra Championship Run

It’s the kind of competition dreams are made of. Students from the St. Joseph High School Orchestra program will travel to New York next month to compete for the Orchestra Cup as part of the National Orchestra Championship.

Slated for Saturday, March 7th, 2020 in Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, the Orchestra Cup is a competition that began nearly twenty years ago in 2002. Since its debut, the competition has featured many of America’s most outstanding student orchestras.

Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation. Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art. The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup.

In addition to the competition, the students will receive a master class from Michael Adelson. Conductor, composer, writer and educator, Michael Adelson made his first appearance with a major American orchestra in 1992, conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has served on the conducting staff of the New York Philharmonic and has also conducted the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, and many other ensembles in Europe and America. The master class is being made possible by a generous grant from the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation.

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The St. Joseph High School Orchestra has become a treasure within the St. Joseph music department, school district, and the community at large. Over the past several years they have performed at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, the 2012 and 2017 American String Teacher Association National Orchestra Festival, as well as performance tours of California and Great Britain.