Area Students Perform In All-Eastern Honors Choir

Three area students, Kennadee Woods (Panama), Amie Adams (Maple Grove), and Shelby Maberry, a Southwestern High School senior, performed in the All-Eastern Honors Choir at the NAfME Eastern Division Conference held in Hartford, Conn., April 4-7. The Honors Choir included 360 students from 10 states and Europe and was conducted by Composer/Conductor Z. Randall Stroope.

Last May, Shelby Maberry auditioned for the NYSSMA All-State Choir. Her score of 100 earned her a spot in the 2012 NYSSMA All-State Women’s Choir- for which less than 8 percent of students who audition are accepted.

Then, during the fall, all students accepted to All-State could apply for participation in the NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) Eastern Division Honors Choir, also known as “All-Eastern.”

All-Eastern is held every other year in various cities around the Northeast. Shelby knew she was accepted by the end of November, 2012. Students selected to perform in the All-Eastern ensembles consist of 800 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States. There were 360 students in the Mixed Chorus with about 90 from New York state. Shelby is the first vocalist from Southwestern to be selected to the AllEastern Honor Choir. While the student choir rehearsed, there was a giant conference for music teachers going on at the same time. Sue Huther, Southwestern High School music teacher, attended the conference, while Shelby sang.