23 students from the Kaohsiung American School orchestra made history this month by performing at not just one but two highly regarded universities in the United States of America – Colby College and the University of Maine. Both performances concluded with standing ovations from the audiences.
Cultural and Educational Exchange
Though this trip was a great opportunity for the students to showcase their talents and learn more about universities in the United States, it was also a chance for the people they met to learn more about Taiwan. The students truly brought honor to their home with their efforts overseas. The event was featured on various media posts in the USA including WABI (Channel 5 in Maine).
KAS has hosted student trips to the northeastern United States for 10 years with the purpose of growing cultural and educational exchange. The trip was originally started by Dr. Tom Farrell, who was the previous Superintendent of KAS from 2007-2017 and continues to lead the trip while supporting the school as Emeritus Superintendent.
In previous years the trip was reserved for students in the International Club, but this year the school wanted to highlight the talents of students in the music program. Accordingly, Superintendent Dr. Ploeger and Conductor Ms. Julia Chen brought the orchestra students on this year’s journey.
KAS Orchestra Performances
The first performance was in Minsky Recital Hall, University of Maine. Pieces performed include “Flight of The Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Marche Slav” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, “Russian Sailor’s Dance” by Reinhold Gliere, and Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony 104.” Each performance was a collaboration with faculty and students from the University of Maine Orchestra.
The second Performance was featured in Lorimer Chapel, Colby College. Students performed a wide selection from Handel to “Russian Sailor’s Dance” – a total of 9 pieces of music.
During the trip students visited American universities to have conversations with university students and faculty while seeing the campuses. These universities included Harvard, Emerson, Northeastern, University of Maine, and Colby College. Since many KAS graduates go on to universities overseas, it is important for students to learn more about universities in the USA so they can make good decisions about where to apply.
We are so proud of our KAS orchestra students, congratulations to them!