Nord Anglia Education, the world's leading premium international schools organization, offered the opportunity for talented musicians and singers from their family of schools to be part of its first ever Global Orchestra.
More than 23,000 students across 31 Nord Anglia Schools in 13 countries were invited to audition in March this year for the chance to be selected for the Global Orchestra summer school from June 24 to July 1.
A global judging panel selected three young musicians and singers from each school to create a truly international collective. The judging panel eventually decided on 80 talented individuals comprising of 46 instrumentalists and 34 singers.
The students attending from the British International School of Boston are high school junior Shruthi Sudhakar, playing the flute, high school sophomore Rick Boer, playing the saxophone, and Grade 6 student Ethan Walsh, playing theviolin.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for students who are passionate about music from around the world to combine this passion into a musical performance," said BISB Head of Music Emily Gillander. "We are extremely proud of our students as they worked hard to win their place in the Global Orchestra."
The Boston students participating in the Global Orchestra agreed.
"I think all of the people who auditioned were really well qualified," said Sudhakar. "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."
During the trip, students will participate in inspiring workshops and practice sessions guided by experts. Our students will also be privileged to visit The Juilliard School, which has created a special program of interactive performances with teaching artists in the fields of dance, drama, and music.
Mark Orrow-Whiting, Nord Anglia Education Director of Curriculum and Student Performance said, "Our Global Orchestra challenges outstanding young musicians and singers from our schools around the world to build on their talents and develop new skills as they perform as an ensemble from scratch in New York.
These 80 students were selected from hundreds of auditions from our schools and they should be proud of their achievement. They will now participate in a memorable and inspiring week which not only celebrates their musical skills and the joy of performance, but also develops valuable skills such as creativity, collaboration and confidence."
The Global Orchestra is one of the unique international experiences offered exclusively through Nord Anglia Education's Global Campus. Students from the group's 35 schools around the world learn together every day through online, in-school and worldwide experiences designed to nurture key transferable skills. The Global Campus encourages students to be ambitious and set their sights higher by fostering a global perspective throughout their learning.