An Education in Classical Music in New York City

Sitting alongside one of the world's largest natural harbours, near the mouth of the Hudson River, New York City is an American hotspot. It was founded in 1624 as a trading post for the Dutch Republic and has continued to thrive and grow ever since. Today, it is one of the United State's capitals of culture, history, education, economy, entertainment, and politics. It is also one of the most exciting cities in the world, with a leading classical music scene - making it a perfect place for those on school trips to learn about the history of music in the 'Big Apple' and its contemporary and future role in the city's landscape. While there be sure to check out Carnegie Hall, the Julliard School of Music, and Avery Fischer Hall.

Carnegie Hall - Located at 7th Avenue and 57th Street, Carnegie Hall was built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891. School trips to Carnegie Hall will take in the history and discover it was owned by the Carnegie family until 1925. It was then passed around to various owners until it almost closed down in 1960, when the New York Philharmonic moved to Avery Fischer Hall. Today it is owned by the City and administrated by the non-profit Carnegie Hall Corporation. It is one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world and has almost achieved a 'cult' status. The venue itself has several concert halls, the largest of which is the Main Hall (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) which seats 2, 804 and is considered the top place in America to perform.

The Julliard School of Music - While in New York on school trips to explore the city's classical music scene, a visit to the Lincoln Center is a must. Inside, the Center is home to the prestigious and ultra-selective Julliard School of Music. The school was founded in 1905 as the Institute of Musical Arts, as America didn't have an elite school to train their musicians and most had to head to Europe. Today, Julliard teaches drama, music, art and other related disciplines and is one of the most prestigious schools in the nation - with over 2,100 applicants a year and an acceptance rate of just 5.5%. The school boasts a host of famous alumni such as: Christopher Reeve, Val Kilmer, Santiago Rodriguez, Yo Yo Ma, Barry Manilow, and Phillip Glass, just to name a few.

Avery Fischer Hall - After school trips to the Julliard expose students to what studying with the culturally elite could be like, stay in the Lincoln Center and visit Avery Fischer Hall. The Hall was opened in 1962 as the Philharmonic Hall, and became home to the New York Philharmonic. With a capacity of 2,738, it hosts a plethora of events from popular music concerts, to special showings of major films, to graduation ceremonies, to being the hosting hall of choice for many international philharmonic groups as they tour the world.

Angela Bowden works for STS (School Travel Service), the UK's largest educational travel company, providing school trips for secondary schools, primary schools and colleges. School trips with STS can encompass art/design, foreign languages, history, science/nature, geography and more, to worldwide destinations.