During the 2017-18 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or All-State music ensembles, 550 of them—the “best of the best”—were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles.
USJ choral students Jake Booher, Keaton Miller, and Seth Spry will participate and perform November 25-28, 2018 as part of the 2018 All-National Honor Choir. The performance will take place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Ethan Schlegel was selected as an alternate.
The ANHE performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The ensembles consist of a jazz ensemble, mixed choir, guitar ensemble, symphony orchestra, and concert band. Students were chosen through an audition process. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.
Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble); Dr. Amanda Quist (Mixed Choir); Dr. Michael Quantz (Guitar Ensemble); Dr. Jean Montès (Symphony Orchestra); and Dennis Glocke (Concert Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.
National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.
USJ Choral Director Dian Eddleman currently serves as Southern Division President of NAfME.
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