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Saint-Omer Wind Orchestra

Celebrating 300 years of French-American history, Saint-Omer Wind Orchestra will be giving four concerts in April 2019 as part of its US tour.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Catholic American families would send their children to France and particularly to Saint-Omer so that they could study in the College of the Jesuits whose teaching methods were renowned. Among them were members of the Carroll family who later became prominent figures, including John Carroll, first Catholic Archbishop in the U.S. and founder of Georgetown University (1789). Since then, cross-cultural ties remain strong through transatlantic collaborations like educational exchanges between high schools and internship exchanges.

The Orchestre d'Harmonie de Saint-Omer, from Northern France, is composed of about seventy members, both amateur and professional musicians. It has participated in many creations, worked in connection with “current musical styles”, accompanied famous soloists and took part in many music contests.

Among its numerous accomplishments, the Orchestra was rewarded the first prize of the jury and of the audience at the Wind Music Composition competition "Coups de Vents" (2015, 2018), and won the Gold Medal of the International Competition of orchestras in Kerkrade (Netherlands) "Harmony 1" section (2017). Internationally, it performed in several countries and was invited to play at the Chiayi Music Festival and four other concerts in Taiwan (2016).