Webster CSD Students Earn Regional, State and All National Honors Ensemble RecognitionWebster CSD is proud to announce the participation of Webster Thomas High School students Annalise and Nathaniel, and Webster Schroeder High School student Veronica in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All National Honors Festival in Orlando, FL. On November 7-10, these exceptional musicians gathered with 240 vocalists selected from across the nation.
Annalise, Nathaniel, and Veronica performed in the mixed choir with renowned conductor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, who serves as the conductor of the Viking Chorus and the Chapel Choir at St. Olaf College. Mr. Wondemagegnehu teaches with the goal of helping bridge the gap of social injustice through music and dialogue, and inspiring participants to take action in their communities.
Webster CSD is also pleased to announce that seven students have been selected to represent their school at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All-State in Rochester, December 5-8. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state. Concerts will be held at the acclaimed Eastman Theatre after rehearsals take place throughout the conference.
Webster Thomas and Webster Schroeder high school students achieving this honor are: Luke, mixed chorus; Adelyn, symphonic band; Hermon, treble chorus; Tristan, mixed chorus; Caroline, mixed chorus; Isabelle, mixed chorus; Brynn, mixed chorus; Felix, cello alternate; Maria, choral alternate; Tessa, choral alternate; David, choral alternate; and Scott, choral alternate.
Webster CSD would also like to congratulate a total of 50 student musicians in our secondary music department who participated in the NYSSMA Junior High (grades 7-9) and Senior High (grades 10-12) Area-All-State festivals this month in band, chorus, or orchestra. These are emotionally motivating performance experiences on their own and steppingstones to conference and national levels.
“For a musician, recognitions of this kind with an elite group of performers is an exceptional opportunity to combine their individual voice and identity with the multiple perspectives of other musicians”, said Michael Roller, Webster CSD Director of Fine Arts. “The unique community of performers that make up each ensemble is capable of great things. Experiences like this can transcend the music classroom to other opportunities in their lives. Thank you to the Webster community for valuing the fine arts in the education of our youth.”