672 Music Students from 49 States and Territories to Showcase Talents in Texas on November 13

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Catherina Hurlburt at NAfME
catherinah@nafme.org or (703) 860-4000, x.216

672 Students from 49 States and Territories
to Showcase Talents in Grapevine, TX, on November 13

RESTON, VA (September 15, 2016)—During the 2015-16 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or All-State music ensembles, 672 of them—the “best of the best”—were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles

On November 13, during the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference, these exceptional young musicians will gather in Grapevine, Texas, to showcase their expert musicianship and perform a gala concert starting at 9:00am that is free and open to the public. The performance will take place in the Texan Ballroom at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.


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The 2015 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Jazz Ensemble performs at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Photo: Howard Rockwin.

The All-National Honor Ensembles Concert is one of the many highlights planned for the four-day conference taking place November 10-13. These Honor Ensembles members represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. Teachers and school administrators who attend will gain insight on implementing the new 2014 Music Standards in the classroom to empower students to be creative, collaborative, think critically, and better understand themselves and fellow students, and the world around them. Music teachers will learn how they can give students the inspiration they need to learn and create in different ways.

The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

Selected students are currently rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Anton Armstrong (Mixed Choir); Dr. William LaRue Jones (Symphony Orchestra); Dr. Paula Crider (Concert Band); and Chris Crenshaw and Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.

Find out the names, schools and states, as well as music directors of the 672 2016 All-National Honor Ensemble students: http://bit.ly/2016ANHE.

2015 All-National Honor Ensembles Highlights from NAfME on Vimeo.


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.