Musical Exchange

x_chamberorch2This summer, Poway Unified School District string orchestra students traveled to China, touring the cities of Beijing, Xian, Wushi, and Shanghai. The students not only had the chance to perform abroad, but also enjoyed Chinese musical performances, local cuisine, and guided tours of each city. The tour was organized by Orchestra Director Ulli Reiner, and parents came along for the trip as well.

“After arriving in Beijing and a tour of the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China was a spectacular sight to behold and journey up on,” said Ulli. The students then visited the site of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, including the iconic Bird’s Nest Beijing National Stadium. The following day, they toured Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City. Other destinations throughout the trip included the Terracotta Army museum, a silk factory where they learned about the silk-making process, and the shopping bazaar and gardens of Shanghai. “A visit to a local family by rickshaw and a chance to ask questions about life in China was an eye-opening experience of such gracious people,” Ulli added.


The students performed at the 100-year-old Wangfujing Catholic Church, a senior center President X Jinping had visited earlier this year, and Wushi Dongin Middle School.

“The students had a fantastic experience of a lifetime, both culturally and musically,” shared Ulli. “They came back with a greater sense of our global world, and as our group t-shirts stated, our mission was to bring peace and harmony to the world through music. We accomplished that and so much more!”