RANDOLPH, N.J.- Days before the district-wide winter break, the Randolph High School Symphonic Orchestra played various compositions to all four elementary schools in the district to celebrate the holidays as well as inspire potential musicians.

The RS Symphonic Orchestra is a select ensemble consisting of assorted string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments played by talented high school musicians.

"I think it was a great opportunity to use our music to inspire the elementary students," freshman violinist Olivia Guarinello said, "When performing, we (the performers) all tried to ignite an interest in music for the students."

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The orchestra enjoyed playing a Star Trek medley, “Christmas Vacation” from the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and three movements from The Nutcracker suite. These selections were also played at the RHS Winter Concert on Monday, Dec. 12.

“I enjoyed playing in the orchestra because I loved seeing how the kids reacted to the music we performed,” freshman cellist Josephine Wu said. “I hoped that our playing motivated the students and brightened their holidays.”

The high school students hope the elementary children enjoyed the music as much as they did. Residents who enjoy the arts can look forward the district-wide string performance, String Fest in February, and both the high school spring musical, Annie, and the middle school spring musical, Grease in March.