Lincoln-Way Orchestra Performs at UofI and Millikin Universities
Monday, February 22, 2016

Participants of the 121-member Lincoln-Way 210 Festival Orchestra performed at two of Illinois's most prestigious fine arts universities over the weekend.

The ensemble enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the University of Illinois String and Orchestra Clinic as well as experience rehearsals at Millikin University on February 20th.

At the University of Illinois, students experienced performing in the acoustically superior Foellinger Great Hall for a panel of collegiate adjudicators. The group received a clinic from Dr. Donald Schleicher, Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestral Studies at U of I.

Seventy members of the Festival Orchestra continued on to Millikin University, where they were led in rehearsal by Millikin-Decatur Symphony conductor Dr. Michael Luxner. The students enjoyed master classes with the string faculty of Millikin, as well as a campus tour led by Lincoln-Way music alumni who are enrolled at the university.

The festival ensemble was a representation of the 140 orchestral string students enrolled in all of the Lincoln-Way high schools.

"Many thanks to our Lincoln-Way administration and community who have lovingly supported the growth of our orchestral program. Michelle Freeland (director of the North/East Orchestra) and I were delighted and proud to celebrate the hard work of our students today," quoted Stacy Williams-Jackson, Central and West Orchestra director.