Workshop in Valley City

By Anne Romens at Arts Midwest

The Beauty & Melody tour is off to a great start! The band just completed their first workshop at Valley City High School in North Dakota.

The workshop opened with some traditional Chinese music. Then, Beauty & Melody members introduced their instruments, and invited some students to the stage for some hands-on instruction! There was a brief question and answer session, and any student to give a correct answer was awarded a little stuffed panda!

After the workshop, Beauty & Melody visited the band and choral rooms and jammed with the high school band. And in the spirit of true “cultural exchange,” Xiao conducted a song for the chorus. In all, Mrs. Mu, Xiao, and Beauty & Melody, did a fantastic job of keeping the students engaged in the music. Everyone had a great time!

The group is looking forward to their first public concert, to take place tomorrow, September 25, at the Vangstad Auditorium on the Valley City State University campus. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and we hope you can make it! For more information, please visit the Events page.

Beauty & Melody
Beauty & Melody jams with the Valley City High School band. Photo by Shigeyo Henriquez.
Beauty & Melody
Xiao conducts the chorus at Valley City High School. Photo by Shigeyo Henriquez.

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