Temple University musicians in tune with M-W musical ensembles


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  • Photos provided by Carole Spendley/Monroe-Woodbury School District Emily Threinen conducts the Temple University Chamber Winds and Strings with Jazz Players during a performance for Monroe-Woodbury High School students on March 7.




  • The Temple University Chamber Winds and Strings with Jazz Players perform for Monroe-Woodbury High School students on March 7.



— By all accounts, it was a brief visit. But the Temple University musicians have left a lasting impression on members of Monroe-Woodbury’s highest musical ensembles.

Members of the award-winning Temple University Wind Symphony from Philadelphia, Pa., paid a visit to Monroe-Woodbury High School on March 7 to conduct a master class with the district’s best musicians and to perform musical selections from their upcoming program.

The ensemble, under the direction of Emily Threinen, was en-route to Boston where it had been invited to perform at the Eastern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association.

The ensemble performed "A Jazz Symphony" (Antheil/Phibbs); "Headin' Out, Movin' In" (Gunther Schuller); and "Overnight Mail" (Michael Torke).

Temple’s students came from as close as Warwick and as far away as Spain. The university performers shared how they came about pursuing their education in music.

“I thought it was great to see all the differences in musical backgrounds,” said M-W senior James Alvarez. “Some students started playing their instrument as a junior in high school, and others knew when they started in fourth grade it was what they wanted to do.”

M-W Music Coordinator Nicole Regan said the goal "is to expose our students to a wide range of musical opportunities. Chances to sit side-by-side these amazing, experienced musicians gives our students a glimpse of what their futures may look like, if they are committed to hard work and have a passion for music.

"Our students are very fortunate to have had this experience and we are so grateful to everyone in the Temple University program for making this day possible,” Regan added.

The Temple University Wind Symphony visit was co-sponsored by the Monroe-Woodbury Music Boosters Club and the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Foundation.

The Monroe-Woodbury School District has been recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education 2013 by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants).

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