Medfield Strings broadens horizons in Montreal

The Chamber Strings played at Notre-Dame Basilica, an 1829 Gothic Revival cathedral.

The Medfield High School Chamber Strings, an award-winning honors ensemble, recently returned from its first-ever weekend music trip to Montreal that may have been short in length, but rich in musical education and experiences.

Trip highlights included a performance at Notre-Dame Basilica - an 1829 Gothic Revival cathedral, and a clinic with renown cellist and University of Montreal faculty member Julie Trudeau. Also participating in the clinic were students from Ecole-Joseph-Francois-Perrault, a performing arts school.

“The Montreal trip provided so many benefits to our Chamber Strings students. The clinic with Julie Trudeau was an especially valuable learning experience – not just for the students, but for me also,” said Medfield Strings Director Brenna Evans.

Evans has directed the grade 4-12 String Orchestra program for four years. Under her direction, Medfield Orchestra ensembles have consistently received “Superior” ratings at national and state music festivals, and have been invited to perform multiple times at MICCA Gold Showcase Concerts. In addition, a number of students in the Medfield Chamber Strings Ensemble also perform in other groups, including the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Rivers Conservatory Philharmonic, and Clafin Hill Youth Orchestra. Thirteen students comprise the Medfield High School String Chamber ensemble.

Also accompanying the students to Montreal was long-time String Orchestra volunteer, teacher and Medfield resident Andy Costello, who has given of her time to Medfield schools for more than 20 years.

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