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BHS Music Student Honors

The past few days have been very exciting for our music students at Belmont High School, with the announcement of selections to the MMEA Northeast Senior District Festival, All-State recommendations, and All-Eastern ensemble acceptances.

Three BHS vocalists were accepted to perform in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Eastern Festival, April 5-8 in Atlantic City, NJ. This festival selects the most accomplished musicians from high school programs in the east coast to perform together during this four day event.

Congratulations for this honor go to:

  • Mary Galstian
  • Georgia Parsons
  • Connor Quinn

On Saturday, Nov. 19, 128 students from Belmont High School auditioned for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Northeast Senior District Festival, which takes place in January at UMass Lowell. Students who are selected to perform in these ensembles are recognized as the most outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists in our region. This year I am proud to announce that fifty-one students from Belmont High School were accepted, and that twenty of those students received All-State Recommendations. This awards them to opportunity to audition for the MMEA All-State Festival later this winter. The following students were accepted to perform in the Senior District Festival this year (*denotes All-State Recommendation).

  • Idris Abercrombie             Trombone
  • Charlotte Alexin                Bassoon
  • Merrill, Barnes                  Chorus
  • James Boyle                       Chorus
  • Samantha Casey               Trombone
  • Jessica Chen                      Viola
  • Ben Crocker                       Chorus
  • Ziyoung Cui                        Violin
  • Eleanor Dash*                   Trumpet
  • Justin Dong*                      Clarinet
  • Joia Findeis                        Viola
  • Mary Galstian*                  Chorus
  • Chris Giron                         Bassoon
  • Hisako Gutterman*          Trombone
  • Anthony Haddad*             Jazz Bass
  • Sammy Haines*                Chorus
  • Eva Hill                                Chorus
  • Wonyoung Jang*              Euphonium
  • Eliza Jones*                       French Horn
  • Nate Jones*                       Jazz Trombone
  • Daniel Klingbeil                 Cello
  • Elizabeth Knight*              String Bass
  • Daniel Lay                          Violin
  • Oliver Leeb*                      Chorus
  • Raffi Manjikian                  Chorus
  • Kevin Martin                      Chorus
  • Andrew Mazzone              String Bass
  • Linnea Metelmann*         French Horn
  • Matthew Miller                 Clarinet
  • Tina Noonan*                   Chorus
  • Alex Park*                          Jazz Trumpet
  • Georgia Parsons               Chorus
  • Calvin Perkins*                  Trumpet
  • Olivia Pierce                       Chorus
  • Audrey Quinn                     Violin
  • Connor Quinn                    Chorus
  • Paul Rhee                           Violin
  • Josh Ryan                           Chorus
  • Becca Schwartz                 Chorus
  • Lila Searls                           Alto Saxophone
  • Ned Searls                          Trumpet
  • Edward Stafford*             Chorus
  • Ian Svetkey                        Chorus
  • Gillian Tahajian                 Flute
  • Walker Thomas*              Trumpet
  • Evan Wagner                     Trumpet
  • Amanda Wan                     Violin
  • Alan Wang                         Bass Clarinet
  • Alex Wilk*                          Viola
  • Amy Wu*                            Oboe
  • Yanzhe Xu*                        Bass Clarinet

“It is rare for a school district to have so many music students achieve at such a high level,” says Arto Asadoorian, Director of Visual and Performing arts for Belmont Public Schools. “This level of student recognition is a testament to the commitment our school district and community have made to music education over several decades, and should serve as a source of pride for the entire town.”

Congratulations to all of the students listed above for the hours of practice that led to this honor, to the teachers whose dedication and expertise helped to guide them, and to their families for their continual support and encouragement over the years.