Three Fox Chapel Area High School seniors have been chosen to perform with the prestigious 2021 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles. Nathaniel Hines was selected for the All-Eastern Honors Mixed Chorus, Jack Penland was chosen to play with the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra, and Joey Wang was chosen for the All-Eastern Honors Symphonic Band. Prior to being chosen for the All-East ensembles, these students were also selected to perform with the 2020 All-State ensembles.
A total of 719 of the most musically talented high school students from Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont were selected for the NAfME 2021 All-Eastern Honors ensembles. The students will be participating in a virtual weekend experience March 4-6 that will include keynote speakers, masterclasses with professional musicians, and rehearsals with their conductors, as well opportunities to learn and network with colleges and universities of various types and participate in mock auditions. This year, students will individually record their performance from home led by a virtual performance of their conductor. The recordings will be edited together to produce a virtual ensemble for the concert performance. The concert will premiere at 8:30 p.m. April 23 during the 57th NAfME Eastern Division Virtual In-Service Conference.
The NAfME All-Eastern Honors ensembles consist of a symphonic band (146 students), orchestra (165 students), mixed chorus (270 students), treble chorus (120 students), and jazz ensemble (18 students).