Clutching her flute with both anxiety and excitement, Shruthi Sudhakar, a Year 12 student at the British International School of Boston (BISB), waited for her audition in a buzzing waiting room this March for the inaugural Global Orchestra.
Now, nearly a month after her audition, a buoyant Shruthi shares her success in becoming a top-five finalist for the Orchestra.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity,” Sudhakar said. “For the audition, I chose a piece that reflected my individual style of playing. This was particularly helpful because I got to use dynamics to make my piece sound more interesting.”
On March 11, 48 BISB students from Years 5-12 auditioned for five coveted positions in the Global Orchestra, a joint venture between Nord Anglia Education and its family of 35 global schools worldwide. The auditions were held throughout the day, and were proctored by BISB Head of Music Emily Gillander.
Mrs. Gillander described the Orchestra as a “fantastic opportunity for students who are passionate about music from around the world to combine this passion into a musical performance.” She described the audition standards as “very high” and said that the level of competition made it “exceptionally difficult” to narrow it down to five finalists, claiming that much of the decision-making process involved “arguing, debating and going backwards and forwards.”
Sudhakar, too, said the competition for a place in the next stage of the Global Orchestra auditions was high.
“I think all of the people who auditioned were really well qualified,” she said. “Nearly 50 students from our school auditioned for this opportunity, and just going through the list of students who tried out shows that the level of experience and competition within the auditioning students was outstanding. Overall, I think this a great opportunity for BISB and Nord Anglia Education to further the musical pursuits of its students”
The Global Orchestra will unite musicians from the 35 international schools belonging to Nord Anglia Education for a musical summer school in New York City. The Global Orchestra will exclusively be for Nord Anglia Education students and will give them a unique chance to play alongside other musicians from across the globe and participate in musical workshops and activities with some of the foremost musical experts in the world.
Nord Anglia Education has a successful history of international expeditions and events that has allowed students in their schools to develop the necessary skills and talents to achieve their ambitions, including an annual community service trip to Tanzania and the recent NAE Europe Region Sports Festival. T
BISB Headmaster Paul Wiseman said the new Global Orchestra collaboration will be supportive of the international mindedness encouraged in Nord Anglia Education students.
“Bringing together students from all around the world is an absolutely incredible opportunity, and shows the international nature of our schools," he said. "To spend a whole week in New York City with musicians young and old from all around the world presents a unique and exceptional experience. I saw similar events whilst I served as a Headmaster in Brazil, and I think that in the future, we definitely may see sporting or other events.”
We look forward to sharing more details on the Global Orchestra as the program moves forward this spring and summer.