According to a press release from NAfME, during the 2017-18 school year, along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Kevin practiced with dedication to gain a chair or part in his local, district, and state music honor ensembles.

He joins the “best of the best” as he is one of 551 Students from 49 States and Territories to showcase their talents in for the NAfME’s 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles November 25-28, 2018, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. 

Kevin is a member of the Honors Chorus at Lourdes and a member of both his church choir and many choirs outside of school. He performs in many productions including musicals and cabarets throughout the year, all leading up to the NYSSMA/NAfME auditions! For his audition, he sang River Jordan and Amarilli, Mia Bella on camera for the NAfME judges. Kevin said, “It was the hardest audition I have ever done”. 

The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a jazz ensemble, mixed choir, guitar ensemble (new this year), symphony orchestra, and concert band. Students were chosen through an audition process. The jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 240 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 48 guitarists, the symphony orchestra 122 instrumentalists and the concert band 121 instrumentalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program (not applicable to guitar students) and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble); Dr. Amanda Quist (Mixed Choir); Dr. Michael Quantz (Guitar Ensemble); Dr. Jean Montès (Symphony Orchestra); and Dennis Glocke (Concert Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.

National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

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For additional information, contact Catherina Hurlburt at catherinah@nafme.org or 703-860-4000, ext. 216.

Truly an amazing accomplishment for Kevin and we congratulate him and send our best wishes in his performances. Your Lourdes family is exceptionally proud of you!

Adapted from the NAfME press release dated September 12, 2018.