Three Upper School students were selected to attend the prestigious All-National Honor Ensembles hosted by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Rising seniors Isabel Dunlap and Andrew Neubauer along with rising sophomore Justdinian Ding will perform in the All-National Choir, which is representative of the “top performing high school musicians in the United States,” according to NAfME.
Isabel is the first soprano in school history to earn a spot at Nationals while Justdinian is the first freshman to be selected. Hamden Hall has sent two students over the past decade to Nationals.
To be considered for the prestigious program, students had to be ranked amongst the top scorers in the Connecticut All-State Choir and then successfully submit virtual materials for further deliberation. The 2020 ensembles are scheduled to meet in November in Orlando under the leadership of top conductors in the field of music education.
The Nationals program is considered “much more than a musical showcase,” and is known for its “comprehensive and educational experience.”
Hamden Hall’s choral program is under the directorship of Matthew Harrison, who is President-Elect of the American Choral Directors Association of CT. The program completed yet another record-setting year in 2019-2020 with 33 students selected to perform in the Regional Choir, 17 selected to All-State, and three in Nationals.
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