They knew what to expect from the maestro, and in a flick and a roll of his hands, Cottonwood High School symphony musicians gave Utah Symphony Director Thierry Fischer their best.

Fischer is giving hands-on training to Cottonwood’s symphony through a new “Adopt a School” pilot program’s education initiative that aims to engage and inspire students in classical music.

In their second meeting on Thursday, the musicians put the finishing touches on the “Berceuse and Finale” from Igor Stravinsky’s "Firebird Suite” that will be conducted by Fischer on May 20 and live streamed to other participating Utah orchestras who will follow along, as part of the state’s largest “super orchestra.”