Reaching Musical Heights returns to Severance Hall

French horn players from Heights High perform in the Reaching Musical Heights concert at Severance Hall in 2011. 

The Reaching Musical Heights concert will fill Severance Hall on Tuesday, March 5, starting at 7:30 p.m. More than 550 student musicians in grades 3 though 12 will perform vocal and instrumental pieces for an adoring audience.

"This remarkable event is amazing to see and hear, even if you are not a family member or friend of a performer," said Susie Kaeser, former executive director of Reaching Heights. "It is an inspirational community celebration of excellent music education in the CH-UH public schools."    

Every four years since 2003, Reaching Heights, a small nonprofit that connects the community to the CH-UH public schools, coordinates this formal event in partnership with the school district. The elementary students will lift their voices as one large choir. Next, the Heights Middle School choir, band, and strings will perform. Then the high school will showcase Singers, a Capella Choir, Barbershoppers, Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and Jazz Ensemble. The Gospel Choir, a school club, will also perform.

Pam Kelly, a cellist and parent of a student musician, was impressed by the 2015 concert. “It's an absolute delight to see how the music program from the elementary schools through the high school really excites and stimulates the creativity of our kids," she said. "It's also a real treat to have students in all those grades participate in such a grand event together. We live in a very special district, and I am thankful that the arts are still so strong and treasured, and inspiring so many young students and their families.”

You can purchase Reaching Musical Heights box seats and benefit reception tickets from Reaching Heights directly by calling 216-932-5110 or online at Purchase concert-only tickets, starting at $10, from the Severance Hall box office: 216-231-1111, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, or online at

Krista Hawthorne

Krista Hawthorne is the executive director of Reaching Heights, and a proud and grateful Heights Tiger.

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