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74 High School Students Accepted to MMEA Senior District Festival


Massachusetts Music Educators AssociationThis past Saturday, November 17, 134 students from the Belmont High Music Band, Chorus and Orchestra programs auditioned for the 2019 Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Northeast Senior District Festival. Each student was asked to perform excerpts from a selected solo or choral work, as well as to demonstrate technical proficiency on a variety of scales and sight-reading exercises. Jazz musicians were also required to improvise solos to the selected piece for their audition.

The process of preparing for auditions like this is rigorous, and it takes a great deal of courage to walk into an audition room and put your work on display. Congratulations to all 134 BHS students who took the opportunity to audition on Saturday for your hard work and determination.

The following seventy-four students were selected to participate in the 2019 MMEA-Northeast Senior District Festival Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, which will take place in early January 2019. It is worth noting that many of the students who were not accepted to participate were only within one or two points of being accepted, and we know that they are certainly Senior District-caliber musicians regardless of the outcome of this one audition. In addition, 37 students earned the opportunity to audition for the MMEA All-State Festival. Those auditions will take place at the end of January, and students will compete for the chance to perform at the All-State Festival in Boston at the beginning of March.

Angus Abercrombie

Chorus

Idris Abercrombie

Trombone

(All-State Recommendation)

Rebecca Anderson

Tuba

(All-State Recommendation)

Katherine Arkin

Oboe

Zoe Armstrong

Chorus

Pierre Ayer

Chorus

Eli Barnes

Chorus

(All-State Recommendation)

Lot Bates

Cello

(All-State Recommendation)

Owen Chan

Percussion

Alyssa Chen

Violin

(All-State Recommendation)

Jason Chen

Clarinet

(All-State Recommendation)

Katarina Chen

Viola

Caleb Christensen

Chorus

Grace Christensen

Chorus

(All-State Recommendation)

Liam Cmok-Kehoe

Chorus

Andrew Cubstead

Chorus

Margo Danahy

Viola

Phoebe Derba

String Bass

Chantal Dunn

Chorus

Garrett Eagar

Trombone

Joia Findeis

Viola

(All-State Recommendation)

Mariko Findell

Euphonium

Jessica Giorgio

Chorus

Christopher Giron

Bassoon

(All-State Recommendation)

Anthony Haddad

Jazz Bass

(All-State Recommendation)

Lydia Haddad

French Horn

(All-State Recommendation)

Honor Hickman

Flute

(All-State Recommendation)

Aditya Jain

Jazz Trombone

(All-State Recommendation)

Allen Jang

Chorus

Seiyoung Jang

Trumpet

(All-State Recommendation)

David Jen

Chorus

Ethan Jin

Jazz Trumpet

(All-State Recommendation)

Nate Jones

Jazz Trombone

(All-State Recommendation)

Tilly Jones

Flute

(All-State Recommendation)

Daniel Joh Kang

Violin

(All-State Recommendation)

Emily Kim

Violin

Isabelle Kim

Violin

(All-State Recommendation)

Francesca Kitch

Violin

Megan Kornberg

Oboe

(All-State Recommendation)

Isaac Laing

Cello

(All-State Recommendation)

Edward Lee

Chorus

(All-State Recommendation)

Gaeun Lee

Clarinet

Miro Leeb

Viola

Philip Lynch

Trumpet

(All-State Recommendation)

Yatin Mankan

Chorus

Jackson Mann

Chorus

(All-State Recommendation)

Clare Martin

Alto Saxophone

(All-State Recommendation)

Colin Martin

Bassoon

(All-State Recommendation)

Elizabeth Mason

Chorus

Noah Merfeld

Chorus

Matthew Miller

Clarinet

Charlotte Nilsen

String Bass

Lora Ovcharova

French Horn

Alex Park

Jazz Trumpet

(All-State Recommendation)

Chloe Park

Trombone

(All-State Recommendation)

Jessica Peng

Flute

(All-State Recommendation)

Lila Searls

Alto Saxophone

(All-State Recommendation)

Irene Son

Clarinet

(All-State Recommendation)

Ian Svetkey

Chorus

(All-State Recommendation)

Jason Tang

Clarinet

Soleil Tseng

Violin

Cooper Valentine

Chorus

Shankar Veludandi

Chorus

Joshua Wan

Trumpet

Albert Wang

Cello

Andy Wei

Flute

Alex Wilk

Viola

(All-State Recommendation)

Bianca Windemuth

Viola

Andrew Xu

Bass Clarinet

(All-State Recommendation)

Alex Yang

Cello

Jimi Yao-Smith

Trumpet

Daniel Zhang

Tenor Saxophone

(All-State Recommendation)

Kenneth Zhou

Tuba

(All-State Recommendation)

Henry Zuccharello

Trombone

(All-State Recommendation)






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