Lincoln-Way East Orchestra Students Take Musical Field Trip Downtown Chicago
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Orchestra students at Lincoln-Way East recently took a musical field trip to downtown Chicago.

“We started our morning on stage with a performance workshop at DePaul University at their new state of the art School of Music. The acoustics were unbelievable!” said teacher Michelle Freeland.

Students worked with Frank Lestina, a leader in orchestral education. Alicia Pearson, junior and All-State cellist, performed the first movement of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto and received a masterclass on the DePaul stage.

Students then had a tour of the School of Music, seeing classrooms, practice rooms, recording studios, and learning what degree programs are available.

The class also went to the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Ave and were able to tour the workshop of William Harris Lee and Co., fine string instrument maker. Students got to see how their instruments are made, starting from the block of wood they get carved from.

“Four craftsmen were working on instruments in the shop for us to witness,” said Freeland. “We were then allowed in to their showroom to play the instruments that get made at the shop.”

Next was Bein and Fushi, Fine Instrument Dealer for a history lecture and performance with the rare violins that come through Chicago. Students were able to see up close and hear multi-million dollar violins, including a Stradivarius and a Guarneri Del Gesu from the early 1700's.

Lastly, the class arrived at Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Three students had a masterclass, performing in front of their peers, with CSO violinist and Northwestern Professor Blair Milton. Elyse Skolek, Lauren Raimbault, and Ellie Marion performed, and all of the students learned new techniques to take back to the classroom.

“We then had a backstage tour of Symphony Center, and ended our day with a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert - watching them perform the film music to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It was a day we will never forget!” said Freeland.