Three to Perform at All-National Music Festival

Three to Perform at All-National Music Festival photo
Three Syosset High School student-musicians have been invited to perform at the 2017 National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles concerts to be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 28-29. 

Grace Mittleman and Eric Schess have been invited to perform with the NAfME All-National Honors Choir, while Hannah Son was selected to play the flute in the All-National Honors Symphony Orchestra. During the 2016-17 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military-base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district and state music honor ensembles. Of those most elite high school musicians, 608 were considered to be the “best of the best” and were selected for the NAfME festival by audition. All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir and jazz ensemble.

Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under some of the most prominent conductors in the United States. Grace and Eric will perform under the direction of Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, while Hannah will follow the lead of Dr. Margery Deutsch. Dr. Stroope is the professor of music and director of choral/vocal studies at Oklahoma State University, while Dr. Deutsch served for nearly 30 years as director of orchestras and professor of conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“This is the highest recognition that a student-musician can receive for participating in a school music program,” said Syosset Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts, K-12 Michael Salzman. “Having three students from one high school invited to perform on this national stage is a great honor. Congratulations to Grace, Eric and Hannah, all of the music teachers they have had through the years, the parents who continue to support their pursuit of music education, and our Board of Education, administration and community for their ongoing commitment to the performing arts.”

Grace, Eric and Hannah are congratulated here by Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante, Salzman and band teacher Larry Ballereau. Missing from the photo is choral teacher Kristin Howell.