Huron High School's painting students, under the supervision of art teacher Patty Ryan, collaborated with Firelands Symphony Orchestra for a unique project this past month. Jody Chaffee, a musician and coordinator for the orchestra's outreach program, came to the high school and performed and played several symphony pieces for students. The art students then created oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, which were their visual interpretations of the sounds and instruments.
The orchestra performed the same musical pieces during its spring concert, titled "Sound the Trumpet," on April 12 at the State Theatre. At a post-concert reception in the stateroom, the students' artwork was proudly displayed. A music education grant from Target funded the opportunity.
"I wrote the grant in hopes of introducing music to students who may have never entertained the idea of listening to orchestra music," Chaffee said. "I think this project was a tremendous success and I hope that we can make this a yearly event."