Orchestra Shines at Music in the Parks

Superior rating/1st Place

From the moment the 38 members of John Jay High School’s Orchestra arrived at the Music in the Parks regional festival ‘til the Awards Presentation, they were being evaluated.

Not only did their musical performance receive a five-star rating, so did their demeanor!

John Jay High School’s Orchestra, conducted by Elissa Leventhal, received a Superior rating/1st Place and the Esprit de Corps Award at Music in the Parks on Friday, May 12. The regional competition included judged performances at Middletown High School South in New Jersey and rollercoaster rides at Six Flags Adventure Park.

AND the Esprit de Corps Award

Congratulations to all orchestra members - you’ve made our community so proud!

Music in the Parks describes the Esprit de Corps award as “Presented to students from a school who demonstrated proper social behavior as well as musical behavior/encouragement. They possess the qualities of highly successful people who are sensitive to the feelings of others and applaud accomplishments no matter if by one’s own school or another school. Evaluation has taken place from arrival at the festival site to the awards presentation.”

“I am so incredibly proud of the John Jay High School Orchestra on their accomplishment at Music in the Parks,” said Leventhal. “My students have worked so hard on their music and I am thrilled that they have reached this goal. Not only did they earn the highest rating in their ensemble category, but they also won the spirit award for their conduct throughout the festival. Congratulations to all orchestra members – you’ve made our community so proud!”