Melissa Meyer, Grand Haven High School orchestra director, has been teaching music since 2003. She said she sent written and recorded pieces to the Grand Rapids Symphony and her high school group was chosen for the side-by-side concert.
“I knew we had a good chance since we have a talented symphony orchestra at Grand Haven High School,” she said. “They are such beautiful and mature players and this is going to be an amazing event.”
The Grand Rapids Symphony has been recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras, with over 400 performances a year since 1930.
Every year, they select high school orchestras to preform with. Grand Haven High School’s interest was rewarded.
“It’s an opportunity to showcase some of the orchestras in Michigan, because bands and choirs are mobile. Orchestras have a harder time with that,” Grand Rapids Symphony education director Claire Van Brandeghen said.
The high school group is already working to prepare for the dual performance.
“They are working very hard to get ready for our performance with them,” Meyers said. “We have never had the opportunity to play with a professional orchestra, especially one like Grand Rapids.”
Concert admission is $5 and the show will last about 2 hours with music from: “Barber of Seville,” “Remix in D,” “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” “Rodeo” and more.