North Shore students take ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Europe


The North Shore School District’s music department recently embarked on a remarkable journey across Europe, leaving a melodious mark in several cities across Italy, Serbia, and Croatia. The tour was a culmination of months of preparation and anticipation for the roughly 110 students and a dedicated team of chaperones.

Jason Domingo, the orchestra director, reflected on the history of the international performance tour, highlighted its nearly two-decade legacy, emphasizing its significance in fostering cultural exchange and musical collaboration.

“Every tour has three concerts, and it has a side-by-side component where we meet student musicians of similar age to our students at North Shore High School,” he explained.

The tour commenced in Vicenza, Italy, where the students got the chance to explore neighboring Venice and showcased their musical talents through captivating performances. Following their Italian escapade, the ensemble journeyed to Ljubljana, Slovenia, gracing the esteemed halls of the Music Conservatory of Ljubljana with their harmonious melodies. The tour culminated in Zagreb, Croatia, where the students left an indelible impression with their passion for music and dedication to their craft.

For many students, this tour marked their first international experience, offering a transformative journey beyond borders.

“Most of our students had never left the country, so this tour was a rare opportunity for them to explore new cultures and broaden their horizons,” remarked Domingo.

The repertoire showcased during the tour ranged from American classics to iconic European compositions, reflecting the ensemble’s versatility and commitment to musical excellence. The students performed a medley of pieces, including selections from Verdi’s Nabucco, American marches, and cinematic scores from Hollywood blockbusters like “La La Land.”

However, the tour was not merely about performances; it was about cultural immersion and educational enrichment. The students had the opportunity to engage with local communities, visit historical landmarks, and witness firsthand the rich tapestry of European culture.

“We aim to provide our students with a comprehensive experience that goes beyond music, allowing them to appreciate art, history, and diversity,” Domingo emphasized.

The tour’s success was a testament to the collaborative efforts of the students, chaperones, and tour consultants. Despite the logistical challenges of managing a large ensemble abroad, Domingo said the trip unfolded seamlessly, thanks to meticulous planning and unwavering dedication.

As the students returned home, their hearts filled with cherished memories and newfound perspectives, the tour’s impact lingered on. Nick Pinto, the father of two participating students Noah, a senior, and Mia, a freshman, emphasized how wonderful an experience it was for his children.

“It was the trip of a lifetime,” Pinto said. “I thought it was going to be great, and according to my kids it was even better.”