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Electrify Your Symphony Concert 3/15 @ 7PM


March is Music in Our Schools Month, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.  MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.The music department at the high school has for the last several years held a special concert in March where the choirs, bands, and orchestras perform together. This year, with the help of the Auburn School District and the cooperation of the Auburn Music Boosters, the Music Department is bringing a special event to Auburn High School to celebrate MIOSM.

International recording artist and Emmy award winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) to the students of the Auburn High School band, choir and orchestra. This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra! Mark will perform with the students on his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin as part of the 2022- 2023 Electrify Your Strings! “Breakout Tour” on March 14, 2023, at the Auburn High School Auditorium.  The audience will be entertained by Mark’s original material, as well as his exciting arrangements of music by Metallica, Bon Jovi, and more.

The EYS program – now in its 23rd year – is a music education experience like no other. Wood and his team work directly with a school’s music teachers to tailor-design a rock orchestra makeover complete with a public performance at the end of the experience. EYS builds on the strong foundation provided by the classically trained music teachers, creating a partnership that inspires students and boosts their self-esteem and motivation on stage and off. EYS has been featured on The Today Show, The CBS Evening News, and many more.

Mark Wood is the owner and operator of Wood Violins, the premier manufacturer of electric orchestra string instruments worldwide. He studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein, is a Juilliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. In addition to his solo career and his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel and more.

Laura Kaye, Mark’s wife, is Vice President and co-owner of Electrify Your Symphony!, Mark Wood Music Productions, and Wood Violins.  She has worked with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Lennon among others. Laura's role with EYS involves coaching choirs by helping them to activate their inner “rock star.” The material she chooses is geared towards getting the most expressive vocal and movement performances out of the singers she works with. She will be joined by choreographer Nathan Blake. As a world-renowned dancer and choreographer, Nathan Blake helps orchestra, band, and choir students bring their performances to life by using movement and choreography to elevate their self- expression.

During the workshops to prepare students for this concert, Mark will teach students improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses, and Laura teaches the choir to own the spotlight and be the best performers they can be. The concert is open to the public with all profits going to the school music programs. Tickets are $10 for General Admission and Free for all students in the Auburn Enlarged City School District. They can be purchased in advance at .

Superintendent: Jeffrey Pirozzolo
Phone: 315.255.8800
Address: 78 Thornton Avenue | Auburn, NY 13021
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