2013-01-03 / Community

Garden City Student Selected for All-Eastern Honor Orchestra

Alexander Della Ratta, pictured here with music teacher James McCrann Alexander Della Ratta, pictured here with music teacher James McCrann More than 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States have been selected to perform in the 2013 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles.

Recently selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Ensembles is Garden City High School junior Alexander Della Ratta. Alex will be performing for an audience of thousands on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Mortensen Hall, in Hartford, Connecticut. "This is truly a great honor, and we are all very proud of Alexander!" said Mr. McCrann.

Alex will prepare remarkably challenging music that he will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event. Selected students will spend three days rehearsing with one of four conductors during the Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education to be held in Hartford, Connecticut in preparation for performances on April 7, 2013.

The NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of The National Association for Music Education. Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, PA, VT, Europe) oversee the selection process in their state during the spring and early fall of the year prior to the event and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. All recommended students must have participated in their home all-state festivals. The committee builds the ensembles from the state presidents' ranked lists. For program and ticket information please visit: www.nafme-eastern.org.

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