Fourteen select orchestra students got to spend four days rehearsing and performing new songs at the Union College Music Festival, February 2 through 6.
At first, a blizzard threatened to keep the group from traveling, but the orchestra team slowly pushed on to Union College. After safely arriving, they endured intense music training and COVID restrictions. Despite the challenges, their hard work was rewarded. On Saturday, the Campion students had the remarkable experience of playing in front of the Union Church along with a large group of instrumentalists coming from many different schools.
Jack Jordan, freshman, won a Young Artist Solo award and got the opportunity to play a professional-grade solo on his violin. Along with this award, he received a $1,000 scholarship.
Last year, the Union College Music Festival couldn’t take place due to COVID. “Returning to the music festival was something I was not expecting. It was different from last time, but just as fun. New music and new people made this trip worthwhile.” stated Edward Camas, senior.
Not only did the team experience college dorm life, but got to create unforgettable memories throughout the event. “It was a great opportunity to play music with other schools and spend time with my friends. I got to see alumni from Campion at Union all while taking a break from studies,” Reflected Ivan Mogaka, senior.
Noah Sturges, Student News Team