• Performing Arts
Lawrenceville Orchestras Start Anew

By William Huang ‘24

The School orchestras - Collegium Lawrenceville and the Lawrenceville Philharmonic - are back for another great year full of music! Students are excited to be back for music. 

“This is my third year playing in the orchestras [Philharmonic and Collegium]. I remember rehearsing outside and playing our concert in the Bowl during my freshman year. It was really fun [but now] I am looking forward to this year  Dr. G [Elizabeth Guerriero, director of School orchestras] and finally playing without COVID restrictions,” said Ian Lee '24, principal trumpet in the Philharmonic. 

Lee’s next public performance will be as part of the pit orchestra that accompanies the School’s performance of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” set for Oct. 20-21, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Kirby Arts Center. “I’m really excited to participate in the pit orchestra,” he said. “It’s my first time doing it [and] I’m especially excited because it’s with professional musicians from outside of school.”

As part of the Philharmonic, Lee is looking forward to playing music by new composers, explaining that he sees it as “an opportunity to grow.”

“We’ve still got a few classics like ‘Sleigh Ride’ by Leroy Anderson. That one is really cool because we hear it a lot during the holiday season on the radio. Another one is ‘Tattered Threads and Recollections,’ which is interesting because the piano plays as well. It is really fun to hear these combinations of these different sounds,” he said. “Also, the composer, Sakari Dixon Vanderveer, is visiting the school over Zoom on October 25 to help work on the piece with us.” The Lawrenceville Collegium will perform the east coast premiere of this song on Sunday, Dec. 11, 7-8:00 p.m., at the Edith Memorial Chapel.

Among his favorite songs to play are “Danse Macabre” and “On Christmas Night,” which the Philharmonic performed last year. “I like the more classic melodies that lots of people have heard and recognize,” he said.

In addition to the music, Lee enjoys the social aspect of Lawrenceville Performing Arts. “I think it’s really fun because now that I’m a junior, I know a lot of people and I have a good time with them,” he said.

Photo credit: William Huang ‘24

For additional information, contact Lisa M. Gillard H'17, director of public relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.