Vero Beach High School Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center

The Vero Beach High School Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City.

VERO BEACH - The Vero Beach High School Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Matthew Stott, placed second runner-up in the 2019 National School Orchestra Championships at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The National Orchestra Cup took place in the famous Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Thirty-eight members of the VBHS Philharmonic Orchestra performed Mozart Adagio and Fugue, Barber Adagio for Strings, and Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances, competing against nine other schools from California, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, and Indiana.

“The students worked very hard on their journey to get to New York, and I was already very proud of their efforts,” said VBHS Orchestra Director Matthew Stott. “I was so glad that the journey culminated in an excellent performance on stage at Lincoln Center.”

While the students were in New York City, they attended a concert at Carnegie Hall by the Philadelphia Orchestra, saw The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, toured the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and visited the Empire State Building, the 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

VBHS Principal Shawn O’Keefe said “Having attended the trip and watching the competition, our students were technically superb. They also portrayed the emotion in each piece to their audience and judges. The rendition of the song “Adagio for Strings” hardly left a dry eye in the Lincoln Center and received a standing ovation. I am so proud of this group of talented musicians.”

The Orchestra Cup - National Orchestra Championships is held annually to find the top school orchestra in the nation. The only two orchestras that beat VBHS were Diamond Bar High School from Diamond Bar, Calif., which was crowned national champion, and first runner-up Santa Monica High School.

The performances were judged by orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.

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