WHS Students Selected into the NAfME All-Eastern Honors Music Ensembles

Eight students from WHS have been selected into the NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles.  This is an incredible honor for these students. There were only about 65 students selected in total from all of Massachusetts.  There are over 600 High Schools in Massachusetts.

Students Selected:

  1. Ella Kim, Grade 12, Violin, Orchestra
  2. Carsen Valenta, Grade 11, Double Bass, Orchestra
  3. Ian Chang, Grade 12, Percussion, Band
  4. Daniel Zhu, Grade 12, Oboe, Band
  5. Chloe Zhong, Grade 11, Flute, Band
  6. Philip Wohlfeld, Grade 11, Voice, Mixed Chorus
  7. Sean Balbale, Grade 12, Voice, Mixed Chorus
  8. Alida Svenson, Grade 11, Voice, Mixed Chorus

The event will be in Rochester, NY in April.  The Concert will be held at the Eastman School of Music. Congratulations to our talented students!

Information about the All Eastern:Selected to perform in the 2023 All-Eastern Honors Ensembles represent the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States. With assistance from their music teachers and directors, these exceptional students will prepare challenging programs under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event.  Students will spend three days rehearsing during the Eastern Division Conference of NAFME: The National Association for Music Education to be held in Rochester, NY in preparation for performances on April 16, 2023.  The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on The NASSP National Advisory list of Contests and Activities.

The NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of The National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately one hundred fifty instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have eighteen instrumentalists, the treble chorus will have one hundred twenty vocalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately three hundred twenty vocalists. Student participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAFME Eastern Division membership.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 fall of the year before the event and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. All recommended students must have been selected to participate in their home all-state festivals.  The committee builds the ensembles from the state presidents’ ranked lists, trying to mimic the state population percentages in each group.

The 2023 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles will perform for an audience of thousands on Sunday, April 16, 2023 in iKodak Hall at the  Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.