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Nazareth Area High School Sending 4 Students to PMEA All-State

Gabriel Louw, Nazareth Area High School Senior, successfully auditioned for and was accepted into the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band.  The virtual event will be held from April 14-17, 2021, and Gabe will be one of only 16 students from across the state that will be participating in this event on French Horn.  The Guest Conductor for the festival is Lt. Colonel Daniel F. Toven, who currently serves as the Deputy Commander of the United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own" in Washington, DC.  The band will be performing a piece of music entitled "Three Washington Statues", and as the name implies, this three movement work depicts several important monuments in the District of Columbia: The Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Duke Ellington statue, entitled “Encore.”  The piece was composed by Philip Sparke in 2015.  Upon graduation from high school, Gabe will be attending the Penn State University, where he will double major in environmental engineering and French Horn Performance. 

 

Henry Grimm, Paige Horvath and Caroline Hunter, all Juniors at Nazareth Area High School, successfully auditioned for and was accepted into the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Chorus.  The virtual event will take place from April 14-17, 2021, and approximately 240 students from across the state of Pennsylvania will be participating.  The students will be working with guest conductor, Dr. Rachel Cornacchio from Messiah University.  They will be preparing a selection by Jake Runestad entitled “Proud Music of the Storm”.  The text is by American poet, Walt Whitman.  In a note to the students, Dr. Cornacchio says the following about the piece of music: “Overall, the dream – the poem – was not really about a storm, but more a song of life and death and how nature provides the music for every scene therein.”

 

Congratulations to these four students.  Successfully auditioning into an All-State ensemble is a great honor and accomplishment during a “normal” year.  The fact that these students did it during a pandemic is a testament to their talent and dedication.  Bravo!  

 

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