Festival for Strings feature high school students from across the country

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Some the best and the brightest high school students from across the country joined Mercer University Concert String Ensemble for the sixth annual labor day festival for strings closing concert.

Violinist and cellist from Oregon, New Jersey, North Carolina, California, Washington and Georgia, took the stage at the Neva Langley Fickling Hall receiving rounds of applause for performing classical music by Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Amy Schwartz-Moretti is the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, Townsend School of Music Director. She says the students have honed their skills and talent for the concert.

“They have been preparing the music that they’re going to perform, as well as doing solo master classes and chamber music master classes,” said Schwartz-Moretti. “They are kind of getting the full experience of what coming to school here at Mercer is like, for a string player.”

One of the students, Sydney Lee is already studying at Julliard School of Music in the pre-college division. At age 14, she performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony. But, now the 17-year-old cellist is enjoying Macon and Mercer University.

“It was great to meet all the kids,” says Lee. “Also the faculty were very supportive. They so much knowledge to share.”

Noah Fields served as a chaperone for the four violinist, two violist, and two cellist. Participants of the “Labor Day Festival for Strings” Closing Concert are a very selective group, according to Fields.

“We’re looking for students who want to enter conservatory and pursue music professionally,” says Fields. “So these are students who are very serious and are among the best students in the nation.”

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