The Valley High School music students have had a busy month preparing, traveling and performing. Their hard work has paid off in a number of ways.

In early March, the choir and orchestra students traveled to northern Utah for their annual Music Tour. Bryan Sullivan hosted them at Manti High School for an excellent workshop. While in Sanpete Valley, the students toured the music department at Snow College and performed at the Golden Horizon Care Center for the residents. One nice lady said after every song, “That was so beautiful! Would you please do another?” The students were moved by the chance to perform for such a grateful audience.

After leaving Ephraim, the group continued on to Provo where they visited the BYU campus, enjoyed some bowling and listened to an outstanding performance by the BYU Chamber Orchestra. They were then treated to and enjoyed famous Creamery Ice Cream.

Saturday’s activities included a visit to the Hogle Zoo (the first such visit for many of the students), lunch at Olive Garden, and an outstanding performance of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hale Center Theater Orem. This annual tour gives music students a wide variety of musical, educational, and cultural experiences that are impossible to get in our small towns. We are grateful for the support of so many supportive community members and organizations that make the trip possible.

This past week, the same students performed at the Region XX Solo and Ensemble Festival held in Escalante. The String Quartet, Ladies Choir, Mixed Quartet, and Kelsie Barrick received Superior ratings. The Men’s Choir, Chamber Choir, and McCrae Cox qualified for state. We congratulate them for their excellent work.

Come enjoy their musical offerings on Thursday, May 11, at the VHS Night of Excellence, where many of the visual and performing arts students will present their works for the community.