Roanoke students to perform at Kennedy Center thanks to conductor

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Famous music artists have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. And now, the Patrick Henry High School Chamber Orchestra will be added to that list.

Before the first school bell rings, the Patrick Henry Chamber Orchestra is already an hour into a rehearsal for a special performance.

"I think it'll be really nice great, and the experience will be really nice to say I played on the same stage as they played on," Emmeline Nguyen, a PHHS sophomore, said.

The students will be participating in the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras.

"I know it's a really big opportunity for us and once in a lifetime thing most likely," Alexander Crow, a PHHS sophomore, said.

And it's all because of their conductor Jeff Midkiff who is playing with the Boulder Philharmonic, and he asked to bring them along.

"It's going to be really interesting, I've never seen him play the mandolin, it'll be really cool to see him play other instruments," Crow said.

These students say he's helped foster their love for the dynamics in music, really listening and harmonizing with each other.

"When I'm playing it's a great experience and it feels really good to look at people and look up and see your conductor and know you're right with them and everything is working out perfectly," Nguyen said.

On Monday, the Patrick Henry Chamber Orchestra will not only perform on a similar stage at the Kennedy Center, but the student's performance will be live streamed for the world to see.

Patrick Henry's band will be playing at Carnegie In April. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help students make the trip. You can check out the fundraiser here.