Saturday, June 19, 2010


The American Prize is pleased to announce that the LONGMEADOW HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, of Longmeadow, MA, Michael Mucci, conductor, is the 2010 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (secondary school division.) Congratulations.

The Stevenson High School Patriot Orchestra of Lincolnshire, IL, placed second.

In making their decision, the judging panel praised the Longmeadow High School Orchestra: "strings play with confidence and beautiful sonority...intonation is extraordinarily exciting, cohesive sound."

The Longmeadow High School Symphony Orchestra is comprised of the 55 strings of the String Orchestra and the 44 wind players of the select Wind Ensemble. The Symphony Orchestra has been invited to perform, on three occasions, at the National Orchestra Festival, held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Symphony Orchestra has also performed at the National Orchestra Gold Festival at Boston Symphony Hall and has appeared numerous times at the Massachusetts Music Educators All State Convention. The Longmeadow High School Music Department has recently received three Grammy Signature Awards from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Congratulations to the Longmeadow High School Symphony Orchestra and the Stevenson High School Patriot Orchestra for their outstanding achievement, ranked among the finest high school orchestras in the country.


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