Our congratulations go out to Science Hill High School’s Topper Orchestra on being one of 10 orchestras asked to be a part of the American String Teachers Association’s National Orchestra Festival. The Topper Orchestra was selected from more than 100 high school orchestras across the country to participate in the event, which will be held in Atlanta March 21-24.
It’s quite an honor, and one that these talented musicians from Science Hill richly deserve. We also want to commend the music teachers and administrative staff at Science Hill, as well as the parents of those associated with the Topper Orchestra, for their dedication.
Lastly, we should give a commendation to the city’s Board of Education for seeing that students in Johnson City still have access to an education in music. Far too many students across this country are not so lucky.
Music and art programs are often seen as a luxury that school systems can no longer afford. These programs have been cut from the curriculum of many school districts in recent years. Even in our region, art and music are the first programs placed on the chopping block during budget cuts.
Students who are involved in music and fine art programs do better in their other studies and extra-curricular activities than students who aren’t. Music is a lifelong passion that will serve these students long after they graduate.