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In Today’s News

January 31, 2018

York Community Auditorium – open!

The title of the online article – York auditorium ‘shows respect’ to student-musicians. Hmmmm – sounds like York is the place to hear and see excitement on Thursday!

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the official opening of the auditorium Thursday, Feb. 1.

5 p.m.: Official ribbon-cutting and ceremony. Members of the School Committee, Board of Selectmen and the auditorium building committee are expected to attend.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Self-guided tours of the auditorium. School officials and students will be on hand to answer any questions the public may have.

6:30 p.m.: Two York High School students will perform in recital on the school’s new 7.5-foot Yamaha grand piano.

7 p.m.: The York High concert band and jazz band will perform; they will be joined at one point by eighth-grade members of the York Middle School band; and later by members of the York High choruses.

Students are thrilled to be using the new space on Thursday and their comments reflect the reasons why (about the past):

“That was awful,” said junior Addy Fagan. “It was too far away. It was really cold and people didn’t show up.”

One word kept cropping up as the younger and older band members talked about the new auditorium: acoustics. Imagine, they said, playing in the vaulted ceiling space of a gymnasium. The sound would carry to the rafters, with nothing to stop it.

“It sounded terrible,” Fagan said.

“It’s not meant for acoustics,” added senior Samantha Corbett.

That same set of circumstances has been occurring at the middle school, said students. In addition, parents would have to sit on bleachers, and sometimes the gym couldn’t accommodate all the audience members, so fifth-grade parents would have to leave to make room for parents of the upper classes.

“The band wasn’t balanced,” said seventh-grader Sienna Hilbourne. “Some instruments didn’t sound the same as in the band room because the acoustics were so different.”

Read the entire article posted online at Seacoastonline.

Congratulations to the York community and school staff members who have worked so hard to see this space come to fruition. For those of us who won’t be able to travel to York on Thursday I certainly hope there will be photos and videos for all of us to see the new space and hear the fantastic acoustics!

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