No Disney, no problem: DHS makes music in Providence, RI

by Victoria D.

Recently, the music department at Duxbury High School was gifted with an amazing opportunity to perform at a professional theater.. This event took place on April 4th at the beautiful Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island.  The music department decided to choose this venue because of an amazing experience years prior. 

Setting up these events can take a long time, so the planning usually starts at the beginning of the school year. 

“We started planning back in the fall by contacting the venue, signing a rental contract, and setting up rentals for percussion and piano as well,” said Mr. Schmetterer. 

The music teachers even spent a Teacher Professional Day touring the venue making sure that it was the perfect fit! 

When the students arrived in Providence, they received their schedule for the day. 

“Each ensemble had an hour-long rehearsal on stage during the day. When students weren’t rehearsing, they got to go to the Providence Place mall to have lunch and explore,” said Ms. Varonko, an orchestra teacher.  

Students attending enjoyed being able to shop around the mall in small groups. Brooke T, a senior at Duxbury really enjoyed the music trip. 

“It was a really eye-opening experience because I got to play at a professional theater for the first time. I was also able to walk around the mall with my friends, which was really fun,” she said. 

Although most students seemed to have a lot of fun on this trip, it’s hard to live up to the beloved Disney trip. 

“I was really disappointed that we couldn’t go to Disney, nothing could top that. But, it was nice to be able to go somewhere as a group and perform together for the last time,” said Maeve S, senior at Duxbury. 

Overall, the trip was a great success. 

“The hall was beautiful and was a great acoustic space for a string orchestra to play in. I thought it was a great experience and I’m happy we got to do it after a couple of years of craziness,” Mrs. Varonko said.

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