Five students from Craig Matherne’s Ensemble Choir at Hahnville High School recently participated in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Choir Ensemble program at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
NAfME recognizes high school student musicians for their accomplishments.
The All-National Honor Choir Ensemble program is designed to support each State’s efforts of advancing the vision of providing a high-quality music education for every student by recognizing their most accomplished high school student musicians.
Austin Breaux, Faith Entrekin, Brittany Schaubhut, Ivan Stroup and Christopher Sullivan were selected among the nation’s most elite high school singers after being named “best-of-the-best” out of approximately 2.5 million students nationwide at local, district and state music festivals.
In order to be selected the students were required to prepare and submit 2 minutes of the piece they used for their all-state audition and receive endorsement from their schools ensemble director. These students were the only five selected from Louisiana and joined nearly 350 students selected from the fifty states of the United States, the District of Columbia and the international Department of Defense schools.
While in Nashville, the students attended a special concert at the Grand Ole Opry House along with about 3,500 conference attendees, invited guests and other All-National Honor Ensemble students.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean opened the concert, welcoming NAfME conference attendees to Nashville and sharing his views on the importance of music education programs. The students then enjoyed performances by the guitar skills of MTV/VH1/CMT’s O Music Awards finalist “Striking Matches”, country music star Sarah Darling and “American Idol” finalist and Sony Music Nashville recording artist Casey James.
The four day event culminated in students participating in a performance conducted by renowned choral music educator, composer and author Dr. Rollo Dilworth.
Event sponsors said the finale was a tribute to the students’ discipline, the support of their families and friends and the commitment to excellence on the part of their teacher.
|(L-R) Faith Entrekin, Ivan Stroup, Brittany Schaubhut, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Christopher Sullivan and Austin Breaux.|