MONTVILLE, NJ – In May, more than ninety students from Montville Township High School’s [MTHS] Concert Band, Orchestra and Chorus travelled to the Music in the Parks Music Festival.

The 2-night, 3-day trip to Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg and Hershey areas, provided students with an opportunity to train with “Master Class” Professors at Messiah College. The musicians also performed at the brand new, $30 million, High Center for the Performing Arts.

The May music excursion represents the first outing of its kind for MTHS students in several years, and is a significant step in emphasizing and fulfilling District Music Goals. Additionally, the trip was unique in that all three ensembles traveled together.

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“Master Class” instruction was held at Messiah College with: Dr. Rachel Cornacchio, professor of Music Education and Voice, Dr. Timothy Dixon, Director of Orchestral Activities, and Dr. Bradley Genevro, Director of Bands.  Each ensemble had a one hour class.

The instruction was followed by a main stage performance at the breathtaking High Center for the Performing Arts.
Acoustics in the state of the art facility were outstanding, allowing the musicians to excel.

The opportunity to perform in such a beautiful space and work with talented professors was something that MTHS students and music teachers will always remember.

The next day students performed at several area high schools for adjudication and then spent the afternoon enjoying perfect weather at Hershey Park. 

Instructors Kenneth Korlishin, Andrew Havington, Kevin Lynch, Messiah College Alumnus, Andy Havington, and Supervisor of the Arts, Edward Fleishman coordinated the event. The team plans to incorporate the event into the district’s on-going instruction.