Music to Their Ears! Williamsport School District Ranked on of the Best


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)        it’s a great time to be a musically talented student in Lycoming County.

     The ‘National Association of Music Merchants’ is recognizing school districts around the nation for their outstanding commitment to music education and one of those communities is right in our backyard

Once again the Williamsport Area School District has been ranked as one of the best communities for music education in America.

This is the 17th year that the school district has won this award.   Eyewitness News Reporter Morgan Parrish has the story,

“There’s something about music it brings out different aspects of a person,” Said Noelani O’Connell, a Senior at Williamsport Area High School,

 at music playing*

  Strings of the violin to the keys of the piano these students are the ones who make the music program a continuing success!

“We’re really proud of the work that we do here. We’re really proud of the comprehensive education we give kids,” Said Mathew Radspinner, Orchestra Director

The school district is among 623 districts selected this year from across the nation for its commitment to music programs.

“It’s earned. It’s put a lot of work into its music we have strolling strings they’re amazing we have the special choir groups that go along with us. It’s just amazing and a fantastic experience,” Said Marlowe Jacques, a freshman at Williamsport Area High School,

To qualify for the “Best Communities” designation, the district needed to show the k-thru-12 programs have depth.

“Here at the high school, we have three orchestras, three bands, and live choirs. We also have extracurricular ensembles that go with that,” Noted Kent Weaver, Music Department,

“I am in the symphony orchestra and I’m also in the Williamsport Area Strolling Strings,” Said Kira Matos, a Senior Student.

 “I am in “symfonietta ” which is the honors of the orchestra in the high school and I’m the concertmaster of the concert orchestra,” Added Noelani O’Connell

Music leaders say it’s then just molding their students into superstars.

“What we’re after is for our students to have a lifelong enjoyment of the arts,” Noted Weaver

 “Just expressing the feeling and I don’t know it’s just amazing” Added Jacques

Marlowe Jacques has been playing the violin for nearly 10 years.

He tells Eyewitness News playing an instrument has taught him important life lessons.

“It’s a lot of work practicing a hard and sometimes you fall but you just got to get back up”

His fellow musicians agree.

“I feel like it expands my mind and I’ve met many other people because of it and I’ve actually gotten many relationships because of it” Added Matos.

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