Press Release: 2012 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles Conductors Announced

2012 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles Conductors Announced

Honor Ensembles to Perform at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in June 2012

RESTON, VA (April 22, 2011) — MENC: The National Association for Music Education announced the conductors for the 2012 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles, which will perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

Outstanding high school student musicians from throughout the country will be featured in Band, Mixed Choir, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble. The conductors are:

  • Daniel Bukvich, M.M., Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho — All-National Honor Band
  • David Becker, Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Symphony and Opera Orchestras, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin — All-National Honor Orchestra
  • Sandra Snow, Michigan State University College of Music, Conductor of the Michigan State University Women’s Chamber Ensemble — All-National Honor Mixed Choir
  • Terrell Stafford, Professor of Jazz, Director of Jazz Studies, and Chair of Instrumental Studies, Temple University — All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble

“MENC is pleased to offer this unique performance opportunity to a very select group of our nation’s finest high school musicians,” said John Kuhner, MENC Eastern Division president and chair of the National Honor Ensembles Task Force. “The students selected will rehearse with our inspiring conductors over four days, leading up to their performance at one of our country’s most iconic performance venues, the Kennedy Center. The 2012 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles will surely be a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience for some terrific high school musicians next year!”

The application process for the 2012 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles opens June 30, 2011. For more information on this MENC program, visit 2012 All-National Honor Ensembles.

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. MENC’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. MENC is located in Reston, VA.

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