Hayden Kuhn, General McLane Student, Selected To Perform in All-Eastern Honors Ensemble

Hayden Kuhn

Hayden Kuhn, a Senior at General McLane High School, Edinboro, PA, was selected to perform with the mixed choir in the 2013 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Honors Ensemble.

Attending students spent three days rehearsing together during the Eastern Division Conference of The NAfME held in Hartford, Connecticut in preparation for performances on Sunday, April 7.

The NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of 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 twenty instrumentalists, the treble voice chorus will have one hundred twenty vocalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately three hundred fifty vocalists. Student participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAfME Eastern Division membership, with no state given less than two percent representation.

Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division (Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Massachussetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Europe) oversee the selection process in their state during the spring and early fall of the year before the event and compile ranked lists of recommended junior and seniors for consideration.

The method used to compile the participating student lists varies from state to state, although all recommended students must have participated in their home all-state festivals.

Hayden qualified for All Eastern Choir because of his placement at the PMEA All-State Festival, that was held in Lancaster, PA last April.

The 2013 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles performed for an audience of thousands on Sunday, April 7, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Mortensen Hall, in Hartford, Connecticut.

The guest conductor for the mixed choir was Z. Randall Stroope, a very prominent American composer of choral music and has written over 95 pieces. He currently is on faculty at Oklahoma State University and has conducted choirs all over the world.

Congratulations to Hayden!

Photograph courtesy of Arron Conley

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