CONGRATULATIONS TO CHARLIZE VERMAAK!
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristen Rencher at NAfME
email@example.com or (571) 323-5898
608 Students from 49 States and Territories
to Showcase Talents in Orlando, FL, November 28-29
RESTON, VA —During the 2016-17 school year, along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Charlize Vermaak from Ipswich High School practiced with dedication to gain a chair or part in her local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And now Charlize participated in a “best of the best” ensemble for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles November 26-29, 2017, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The concerts were held November 29-29 in the ballrooms at Disney Coronado Springs Resort.
Charlize, a junior at IHS, has been a part of all available choral ensembles at IHS since she was a freshman. She successfully auditioned and was accepted into Northeastern District and MA All-State Honor Choirs in 2017. She is a section leader in Concert Choir, sings lead vocals with the school Jazz Band, and recently played The Witch in INTO THE WOODS in May 2017.
The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have 155 and 152 instrumentalists respectively, the jazz ensemble 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed choir 281 vocalists. 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 rehearsed a challenging repertoire in preparation for performance under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (Mixed Choir); Dr. Margery Deutsch (Symphony Orchestra); Dr. T. André Feagin (Concert Band); and Todd Stoll with Lauren Sevian (Jazz Ensemble). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.
Names, schools and states, as well as music directors, of the 608 2017 All-National Honor Ensemble students is available at this website: nafme.org/ANHE.
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.
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