This year Cashmere High School music is embarking on our most ambitious Music Tour. Every two years the Cashmere High School Music Department embarks on a music tour, with every four years touring to an international destination. This year we are touring from September 22nd to October 12th spending one week in Boston and the rest of our time in New York. 50 students and 5 staff will be taking part in the tour.
While this is an amazing opportunity there is a significant financial cost which is out of the financial reach of some families. Cashmere wants to support our students to make the most of this once in a lifetime experience. We are looking for funds to support specific students who are struggling to raise all the funds.
In addition to performing public concerts and exchanging with other schools, the tour is also a chance for the students to learn from musical experts in the US with workshops with Jazz at Lincoln centre and the New York Philharmonic and visits to university schools of music in Boston and New York. We will also be taking the opportunity to see professional musicians perform, attending an Opera at the Metropolitan Opera, shows on Broadway, Symphony Concerts in Carnegie Hall, a myriad of jazz gigs and soaking up all the musical sights and sounds on offer in such dynamic and arts-rich cities.
We will be performing in the Central Park Bandshell, Boston Common, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Cathedral of St. John Devine, aboard the USS Intrepid and many other locations throughout NY and Boston.
The music tour is an invaluable opportunity for students to work towards the goal of representing not only our school but New Zealand internationally. Students develop to a much higher level of musicality than they ever would normally. With three weeks of focused music making and education, students make huge gains as musicians. They also learn life skills, leadership skills, self-management skills and make connections with other students and musicians for life.
Our Music Tour is the single most important event that our music department organises. It has the greatest impact on student development, education and teamwork with our music students.
These funds will be used for specific students, struggling to raise the funds for the tour. Any excess will go towards all students and will allow us to an additional concert, workshop etc. to our itinerary.