Barbara Bush MS Orchestra students pose for a group photo on the Baylor University campus.
Barbara Bush MS Orchestra students practice at Baylor University.

Barbara Bush Middle School seventh and eighth grade orchestra students had the opportunity to travel to Baylor University to experience their orchestra program first hand on Nov. 11, 2022.

While there, the students had a rehearsal with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of String Music Education, Dr. Michael Alexander, heard the award-winning Baylor Symphony in rehearsal in Jones Concert Hall, toured the campus, met student ambassadors to ask questions and learn more about college life, visited the Armstrong-Browning Library, ate dinner in the dorm, and visited the university bookstore.

"The library is a stunningly beautiful place and houses the largest collection of materials and artifacts related to of Victorian poets, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning," said Christine Towndrow, BBMS Orchestra Director. 

C. Towndrow and Ranchview High School Orchestra Director Brian Towndrow are Baylor School of Music alumni.

"As a member of the Baylor Symphony, I played in all of the inaugural concert for Jones Concert hall in the fall 1992," C. Towndrow said. "I got to be there with my students 30 years later." 

BBMS Orchestra Director Dustin Woods and Ranchview Director Meredith Wilder also went on the visit.