Island students share the sounds of music

J.J. Polleys looked the part of a young virtuoso. — Photo by Chris Mara

On Tuesday, April 1, string music teachers Nancy Jephcote and Chelsea Pennebaker, along with 12 chaperones, shepherded 36 members of the All-Island Elementary String group, made up of students grades 4 to 8, on an annual string jamboree field trip to the Quashnet Middle School in Mashpee.

The event included three hours of orchestra rehearsals and a final concert. “It was hard work for which the orchestras had prepared over the last two months, learning several pieces at three different orchestra levels,” Ms. Jephcote told The Times. “It was also a great deal of fun.”

In all, 275 Cape and Islands string students from 12 school systems attended the jamboree. Ms. Jephcote was guest conductor for the 75-member Advanced Orchestra.

“The string teachers and students are grateful for all support the string program receives from the superintendency and the individual schools,” Ms. Jephcote said.