Credit: Credit: Charlottesville City Schools
CHARLOTTESVILLE, April 12, 2017—The Charlottesville High School Orchestra is honored to announce recent philanthropic support from the Perry Foundation ($30,000) and Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation ($10,000) in support of its upcoming journey to Ireland. 
Shares Director Laura Mulligan Thomas, “An experience of this level of international performance is one that has the potential to profoundly affect students for a lifetime.”  Between June 23-30, 2017, fifty young musicians from the award-winning String Ensemble will perform in majestic cathedrals in Kerry, Galway, and Dublin.
For many students, this experience will mark their first trip abroad – a chance to serve as musical ambassadors for Charlottesville and the United States.  This excursion offers an opportunity for students to develop outstanding musicianship, increase their cultural awareness, and share music with the world.
Through student efforts, grants, and performances, the orchestra has made excellent progress toward its fundraising goals and is within $50,000 of its mark.
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Since 1982, Virginia’s Charlottesville High School Orchestra program has grown from eight members to 150 and has earned a national reputation for excellence. Consisting of the String Ensemble and Concert Orchestra, the orchestra has garnered top prizes in music festivals in the United States – from New York to Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Williamsburg, Nashville, Virginia Beach, and Myrtle Beach – and abroad in the Caribbean; London, England; Vienna, Austria; Florence, Italy; and Paris, France.