Students to Perform at National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles Concert October 29 at the Historic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville
COLLEGEVILLE – Two Perkiomen Valley High School student musicians have been selected to perform at the national level next week as part of the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles Concert in Nashville.
Senior Kweku Aggrey, a bassist, was selected among only 20 student musicians in the country to perform in the All-National Honor Jazz Band. Junior David Wang, a cellist, was selected among only 140 students in the country to perform in the All-National Symphony Orchestra.
The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program, auditioned and competed against top students for a spot on stage in Nashville. Students will showcase their talent with a challenging repertoire under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States.
Of approximately 2.5 million eligible students nationwide, only 670 of the nation’s most elite high school musicians applied to perform as part of the All-National Honor Ensembles. To be eligible, students must have been named to their All-State ensemble in the prior academic year. Then, each student must submit a 2-minute audition tape to be considered.
“In any given year a good high school music program will field a few student musicians who can distinguish themselves at the state level. PV is no exception. Having two students place nationally in this prestigious showcase is a testament not only to their extraordinary talent but to their discipline and commitment as well,” said Mr. Steve Suloman, Perkiomen Valley High School Orchestra Director.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 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.
CONTACT: Roz Fehr at RozF@nafme.org or Chris Freeman at ChristopherF@nafme.org
PHOTO CAPTION: Seen here are Kweku Aggrey, left, and David Wang. Both are Perkiomen Valley High School students.