According to a press release from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members from The National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately one hundred fifty instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have eighteen instrumentalists, the treble chorus will have one hundred twenty vocalists, and the mixed choir will have approximately three hundred twenty vocalists. Students participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAfME Eastern Division Membership.
Each of the state music educators in the Eastern Division (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, PA VT, Europe) oversee the selection process in their state during the fall of the year before the event and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. The method used to compile the lists varies from state to state, although all recommended students must have been selected to participate in their home all-state festivals.
With assistance from Lourdes Choral Director, Cathy Crocco, Kevin will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event. Students will spend three days rehearsing with one of five conductors during the Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in preparation for the performance on April 7, 2019.
The 2019 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles (all except Jazz which will perform Saturday night, April 6) will perform for an audience of thousands on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA. For program and ticket information please visit www.pmea.
Adapted from the PMEA and NAfME press release.