Press Release: Performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to Highlight MENC's 2011 Music Education Week

Student Musicians from Around the Nation Take Center Stage in the 2011 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles

Performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to Highlight MENC’s 2011 Music Education Week

RESTON, VA (June 8, 2011) — The National Association for Music Education (MENC) announced the members of the prestigious 2011 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles. Thirty-nine states are represented by the music students selected to participate in this year’s Concert Band, Orchestra, Mixed Choir, and Jazz Band. The complete list of students is posted at

The 2011 ensembles, with the exception of the Jazz Band, will perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m. during MENC’s Music Education Week event in Washington, DC. Discount tickets are available with Music Education Week registration, or full price concert tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 at MENC Events ( or, on the day of the event, at the Kennedy Center Box Office (; 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600). The Jazz Band will perform at the Crystal Gateway Marriott on Monday, June 27 with the U.S. Army Blues. Admission is free but a ticket is required – call 800-336-3768 to reserve tickets.

Conductors of the 2011 MENC All-National Ensembles are:

  • Concert Band: Tom Duffy, Yale University
  • Orchestra: Donato Cabrera, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • Mixed Choir: Elena Sharkova, Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Jazz Band: Fred Irby, III, Howard University.

MENC established its All-National Honor Ensembles in answer to member requests for recognition of music student performance beyond state and divisional levels. The auditions, open to high school sophomores and juniors, were reviewed by MENC members appointed by the MENC National Honor Ensemble Committee.

For more information call 1-800-336-3768 or visit

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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