NTFAA’s Grants Partner NT Fine Arts Alumni with Students

January 11, 2019 (For Immediate Release)

When New Trier High School students take classes in the fine arts, they can count on exceptional instruction alongside like-minded and talented peers. To enhance their experiences and give current students concrete examples of how to bridge high school arts experiences with real world ones, the New Trier Fine Arts Association (NTFAA) welcomes the opportunity each year to assist faculty members in bringing in alumni artists to initiate partnerships and work with students.

This past November, Yoshihiko Nakano, New Trier Class of 2006 and professional cellist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, returned to his alma mater. Over the course of two days, he worked with 250 orchestra students, a "powerful experience for current students because they get to interact with someone who walked in their shoes who has had great success as a professional musician," noted orchestra director, Peter Rosheger. "The immediacy of such an encounter brings a concrete sense to the current student of what is possible."

Not only did Mr. Nakano offer clinical instruction, he also joined members of the Symphony and Concert Orchestras in performance. Both experiences enriched students' music understanding while giving the rare opportunity to collaborate with a homegrown yet world-class professional. According to sophomore violinist Golda Harris, the experience "taught us to really listen to the parts all around us." Sophomore violinist Evie Tanaka noted how Mr. Nakano's "nurturing personality helped the transition in the collaboration process," a sentiment repeated by other students who felt that Mr. Nakano fostered a feeling of support that encouraged their enthusiasm. The feeling was certainly reciprocal, Mr. Nakano adding that "it was a special experience to come back to New Trier and share my passion with the students and community. It is my hope that the students felt the experience to be one of genuine collaboration and inspiration. It was amazing to feel the energy of the students, and it reaffirmed the importance of the life-changing opportunities that the arts provide."

For More Information: Rammina Hamill, PR Chair New Trier Fine Arts Association rammina@comcast.net