After an award-winning performance in San Francisco, Wilson Classical High School’s Symphony Orchestra has been invited to compete nationally at New York’s renowned Carnegie Hall in March.
Wilson’s musicians earned high honors at last spring’s San Francisco Heritage Festival. Leading the group is Michelle Ellis, a product of the Long Beach Unified School District. She first learned violin at Fremont Elementary School, continuing in the music program through Jefferson Junior High, Wilson, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach. She and the Wilson Symphony are the subject of a recent article by the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Rich Archbold.
Some students need help paying for the trip, so the Wilson Instrumental Boosters group is raising funds through various activities (learn more at lbwilsonmusic.org).
“Our kids are so excited about this,” Ellis told the Press-Telegram. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them. These kids have worked so hard to get where they are. They have heart and talent. At San Francisco, they were playing at college level.”