2022 NAfME National Conference Student Performing Groups

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Rustin High School World Percussion Ensemble

Bayard Rustin High School

West Chester, PA

Directed by: Michael S. Shoremount

The Rustin High School World Percussion Ensemble is comprised of the top percussionists at Rustin High School. They perform yearly in the spring and at special events throughout the year.



Advanced Rock On

The Winsor School

Boston, MA

Directed by: Felicia Brady-Lopez

Advanced Rock On is a high school elective t the Winsor School in Boston. Students who have experience on guitar, bass, drums, voice, or an auxiliary instrument audition to be in the ensemble. The ensemble meets during the spring semester.





George Mason University Green Machine

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Directed by: Dr. Michael Nickens

THE GREEN MACHINE creates impactful, diverse, unique, and innovative performances for a variety of venues and occasions, from athletic contests to university ceremonies to student recruitment to national and international competitions. It is a multi-disciplinary arts ensemble composed of musicians, dancers, dramatists, visual artists, choreographers, arts/business managers, educators, and enthusiasts. In addition, The Green Machine’s inclusive and innovative approach represents the embodiment of Mason’s ideals and values.

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Chamber Singers

The Stony Brook School

Stony Brook, NY

Directed by: Dustin Ramirez

Chamber Singers is one of three vocal ensembles at The Stony Brook School. This auditioned group is comprised of students in grades 9-12 and specializes in madrigal, concert, and chamber styles of choral music. This ensemble performs a fall and spring concert, a Christmas service of Lessons and Carols, Maundy Thursday Service, and numerous chapel services on campus and in the local community. Chamber Singers regularly competes in competitions where the group has received top honors including superior ratings, divisional awards, and overall best ensemble. The group is under the direction of Dustin Ramirez.




Lake Braddock Chamber Orchestra

Lake Braddock Secondary School

Burke, VA

Directed by: Clayton Allen

The Lake Braddock Orchestra Program has a long tradition of excellence. The program consists of 330 students with a total of ten orchestras, five of those being high school orchestras, and five middle school orchestras. The Middle School Chamber Orchestra is the premier auditioned ensemble in the nearly 200 student middle school program and has earned all superior ratings performing VBODA grade level V repertoire over the past fourteen years at state assessment. Students learn a variety of ensemble, musicianship, and personal performance skills in this course while focusing on musical interpretation and expressive performance. This orchestra provides students with a fast paced and hardworking atmosphere that prepares them for further study of advanced repertoire in their high school years. It is the goal of the music department to send each student from the program with the skills and love of music that will encourage continued participation in music related activities long after middle and high school. In this effort we are greatly assisted by our fine elementary staff, who send us students that are not only well prepared but who also love to make music, and by supportive administrative staff and parents.




Miami Arts Charter Percussion Group

Miami Arts Charter School

Miami, FL

Directed by: Dr. Clifford Sutton

The Miami Arts Charter School Percussion Group is comprised of select high school students performing a diverse range of standard, contemporary, and world music repertoire. Under the direction of Dr. Clifford Sutton, MAC Percussion is committed to creating concert experiences that reflect the multicultural backgrounds of its members and Miami’s artistically vibrant Wynwood neighborhood in which the school is located. In addition to standard literature, over the last 5 years the group has performed music of Honduras, Cuba, and Uruguay; selections by Ólafur Arnalds and Daniel Bernard Romain; two premieres of compositions by MAC students; and pop arrangements of Bon Iver and The Cranberries. During their 2021-22 concert season, MAC percussion collaborated with notable guest artists and Latin Grammy Award winners Federico Britos (violin) and Joe McCarthy (drum-set).






Lincoln Southwest High School

Lincoln, NE

Directed by: Dr. Marci Malone DeAmbrose

For over twenty years, Lincoln Southwest High School (LSW) choral groups have provided meaningful group singing experiences to students and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. Our music program serves over 300 students every year. Due to block scheduling and a collaborative music department, students at LSW are able to be involved in multiple vocal and instrumental ensembles. Hawktet is one small ensemble option for students. Comprised of LSW finest singers, this ensemble is completely student-led. Those who are selected to participate in this ensemble program a capella choral literature, schedule performances, and organize auditions for future members. Students in this ensemble have been invited to perform in many local events including performing the National Anthem at the State Football Championship at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE. In addition to performance, outreach is also of great importance to Hawktet. To help bridge the gap between middle school and high school music making, Hawktet has visited several local schools with the hope that their love of group singing will help retain young singers during this unprecedented time.