Published on February 3, 2021
Warwick High School band student Kerri Hahn has recently qualified to the National Association for Music Education 2021 All-Eastern Honor Ensembles.
719 high school musicians throughout the north east were selected from 1150 All-state applicants and ranked by their state presidents to make up five ensembles — Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Mixed Chorus, Treble Chorus and Jazz Ensemble. Kerri was accepted into the Symphonic Band ensemble. A “Virtual Weekend” experience will take place March 4th-6th that will include keynote speakers, masterclasses with professional musicians, rehearsals with their conductors, opportunities to learn and network with colleges and universities, while taking part in mock auditions.
Under normal circumstances, and in previous years, rehearsals and concerts take place at an in-person event. This year will look very different, with students having to record their performances individually from home led by a virtual performance by their conductor. Each recording will then be pieced together to produce a virtual ensemble performance. The concert will premiere on April 23rd, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. during the 57th NAfME Eastern Division Virtual In-Service Conference.
Last year Hahn was named to the All-State Wind Ensemble, and was also part of the group of WHS students selected for the 2021 District 7 band.
"I’m really proud of Kerri for representing our school and community so well at these honor festivals. Being able to perform at such a high level as a high school musician speaks volumes about her work ethic and practice regiment," stated Mr. Matt Tenaglia, band teacher at Warwick High School.
High school musicians selected for the All-Eastern Honor Ensemble were from the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.