By Lauren Azcarate

Each year, the Stuart music department takes a trip to compete or perform somewhere across the country. Last year, the music department went to Orlando, Florida. They visited Universal Studios to perform in a competition. On their trip, they also visited a water park. For this year’s trip, the music department plans go to New York City. After school on Thursday Mar 31 2016, chorus classes, concert band, symphonic orchestra and the wind ensemble will take a charter bus to Times Square in New York City and stay at a hotel in New Jersey. They will return on Saturday, April 2nd. When they first arrive, they will be free to roam the city with supervisors and meet back up at a certain time.

On their trip, they will see either one of two Broadway plays, Les Miserables or Something Rotten. Chorus teacher, Ms. Eiting, explains that each student gets to choose between the plays during the trip. After watching the plays, chorus members will have the opportunity to have a workshop with the actors from Something Rotten, a musical comedy.

Eiting shares that she is really excited to do the “touristy” things the trip will provide. This includes wandering through Times Square and having a boat ride dinner on the Hudson River. She shares that though chorus will not be performing on this particular trip, it is going to be a great learning experience while working with the professional singers of Something Rotten.

Eiting also gives an explanation as to why guitars don’t attend. She explains, “The purpose of the trip is to perform or compete, and the guitars give more of a solo performance.”

Freshmen Erik Hegemann, plays the bassoon in Stuart’s wind ensemble. He has chosen to see Something Rotten on The New York trip.

Hegemann shares that he is excited for the New York trip, being that he’s a freshman and it’s his first year going with Jeb Stuart. He explains, “On our trip we’re going to perform with members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.”

After they perform for The New York Philharmonic, the group will also have the opportunity to do a workshop with the members of the orchestra.

Sophomore Lauren Smits, is both concertmaster of concert orchestra and first violin in symphonic orchestra. She went on the Florida trip last year and looks forward to her New York trip this month. “The spring trip for the music department provides a learning experience while the students are able to enjoy themselves outside of the classroom,” she explained.

Smits shares that she will be performing on her trip. These include Sea Chanty, Evening Prayer, and possibly  Pavane.

The spring trip is an amazing way for students in music classes and programs to learn from extremely experienced actors and performers. The bond these participants form is priceless.