On March 6, donations made to the West Virginia University Wind Symphony changed lives.
Because of a crowd funding campaign through the WVU Foundation, more than 50 WVU students took the stage that night at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. They were one of two selected showcase ensembles for the New York Wind Band festival, which brings together six of the best high school groups in the nation to perform and be evaluated by a panel of prominent wind band directors at the historic venue.
The experience was awe-inspiring. For many of our students, this was their first visit to “The Big Apple.” The trip opened up their eyes to what is attainable as professional musicians.
“Our donor support was integral in supporting this life-changing experience for our students,” said Director of Development Jennifer Jordan. “It was great to watch their eyes light up when they walked on the same stage as many of their musical heroes and role models. This trip showed them that they are within reach of their dreams thanks to the support and guidance from our WVU family.”
More than $10,000 was raised for the trip, which paid for buses, hotel rooms and meals.
The performance was open to the public and we were grateful to see so many of our New York area alumni and friends in attendance to support our aspiring musicians.
“It was truly a magical night of music and friendship for all of us at the College of Creative Arts,” Jordan said. “I know this will be memory that our students will never forget.”