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Fifty-seven BHS students accepted to MMEA Northeast Senior Districts

On Saturday November 23, 147 Belmont High School students auditioned for the Massachusetts Music Educators (MMEA) Northeastern District Senior Festival Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.  Each of these students worked for months to prepare very challenging audition solos to present for adjudication on audition day.  Each of the students who auditioned on Saturday performed admirably and represented our music program very well, both in terms of their musicianship and their professionalism.

Of the 147 BHS students who auditioned for the MMEA Northeastern Senior District Festival:
  • Fifty-seven were accepted to perform in the Senior District Band, Chorus, Orchestra or Jazz Ensemble.  BHS students comprise 13% of all students accepted to the festival.
  • Thirty students received All-State recommendations, qualifying them to audition in January for the MMEA All-State Festival.
  • Three BHS students received the highest score in the district on their instrument (Ben Covell, violin; Andrew Eurdolian, oboe; Leah Meyer, French horn).
The Senior District Festival will take place at Lowell High School in January, with rehearsals after school on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10, and the concert on Saturday, Jan. 11.  The following students were selected to perform (*indicates All-State Recommendation):

Grant Addis, percussion
Kyra Armstrong, French horn
Yilei Bai, alto saxophone
Sami Belkadi, trumpet*
Erin Cantor, viola
Eleanor Carlile, French horn*
Lucas Cmok-Kehoe, chorus (bass)
Josephine Cooper, clarinet
Ben Covell, violin*
Liam Cushman, chorus (tenor)*
Max Davidowitz, percussion*
Jack Decoulos, violin
Emilia DeLeo, viola*
Chole Derba, clarinet
David Dignan, chorus (bass)
Anupama Dinesh, bassoon*
Andrew Eurdolian, oboe*
Riley Grant, trumpet
David Green, chorus (tenor)*
Kiara Holm, clarinet
Haig Hovsepian, alto saxophone
Gaspar Jaen-Maisonet, chorus (tenor)*
Ryan Keeth, percussion
Helena Kim, euphonium*
Sophie Klimasmith, French horn
David Korn, chorus (bass)
Sam Korn, chorus (bass)*
Eunice Lee, flute*
Elizabeth Levy, tuba
Reed Logan, trombone*
Anna Makar-Limanov, chorus (alto)*
Nicky Marcus-Bauer, chorus (tenor)*
Hannah Messenger, French horn*
Leah Meyer, French horn*
Zoe Miner, chorus (alto)*
Devin Morris, euphonium
Sigi Nielsen, chorus (soprano)*
Nicholas Osborn, French horn*
Tyler Papciak, chorus (bass)*
Andrew Park, clarinet*
Yeonjae Park, cello
Hannah Pierce-Hoffman, chorus (alto)
Hannah Read, flute
Julia Regier, chorus (soprano)*
Nick Scenna, chorus (bass)
Ned Searls, trumpet
Jack Stone, trombone*
Alex Sun, trumpet*
Dongmin Sung, cello
Andy Thompson, clarinet*
Raphael Wagner, trombone
Jasper Wolf, jazz trumpet*
Rowan Wolf, jazz tenor saxophone*
Mary Yeh, string bass*
Thomas Zembowicz, chorus (bass)
Anya Zhang, flute
Michael Zhou, clarinet

Being selected to a Senior District ensemble is one of the highest honors a high school musician can earn.  Aside from the fifty-eight BHS students who were accepted to perform in the festival, we know that dozens more are Senior District caliber musicians themselves.  Each and every student who put the time and effort into auditioning deserves to be praised for the work that went into their preparation.  Auditioning is the hardest part of life as a musician, and these students should be commended for rising to such a substantial challenge.  
The number of student-musicians in Belmont performing at such an advanced level is a testament to their hard work and the support of their parents.  It is an indicator that the teachers in our K-12 Music Department are among the best music educators in the state.  Lastly, it is a result of the commitment in our community to treat music education as a vital component of our K-12 core academic curriculum.

For more information about the MMEA Senior District Festival, please visit www.northeasterndistrict.org.