Haldane Musicians Headed to China

Trumpeters part of youth orchestra tour

Haldane junior George Leiter and eighth-grader Walter Hoess are headed to China in July as part of a 10-day Children’s Orchestra Society tour. The orchestra will play with the Shanghai Youth Orchestra at Shanghai Symphony Hall and also perform in Hangzhou and Ningbo.

George Leiter and Walter Hoess

Greg Smith, a professional musician who volunteers at Haldane, heard that the orchestra’s founder and director, Yeou-Cheng Ma (a sister of Yo-Yo Ma), needed trumpet players for the tour. He recommended Leiter and Hoess, who impressed Ma in auditions. Founded in 1962, the orchestra is a nonprofit dedicated to “teaching the language of music” to children and teens.


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