Last October Gurnoor Tucker, a student from J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey, was euphoric. He had just finished his 2013 All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir performance in Nashville, and he said his Ensemble week was, “one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”
A tenor, he said working with the 2013 choral conductor Rollo Dilworth was challenging, but he liked the fact that the students were expected to live up the special effort that was required.
He was one of more than 600 students who participated in NAfME’s 2013 All-National Honor ensembles. “I am so happy I was able to participate, to meet students from all over the country. I learned a lot,” Tucker said.
The deadline for the 2014 All-National Honor Ensembles presented by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is Friday, May 16. The students chosen for this prestigious honor will have a phenomenal experience in Nashville, Tennessee, this October. After working for several days with some of the most renowned conductors in the United States, the students will perform a concert on Wednesday, October 29, at the Grand Ole Opry House.
THE 2014 Honor Ensembles’ Conductors
NAfME has chosen some stellar conductors for the All-National Honor Ensembles in Nashville. They are:
Concert Band: Mark Camphouse, Professor of Music, Conductor, Wind Symphony, George Mason University
Symphony Orchestra: Gerard Schwarz, Music Director, All-Star Orchestra, Music Director, Eastern Music Festival Conductor Laureate, Seattle Symphony
Mixed Choir: Edith Copley, Regents’ Professor, Director of Choral Studies, Northern Arizona University
Jazz: Robert Baca, Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire
Applications for the 2014 All-National Honor Ensembles. The application fee is $30.
Photos by Roz Fehr
Roz Fehr, NAfME Communications Content Developer, May 14, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org