EVESHAM >> Cherokee High School senior Alex Kaup has been selected to perform in the 2019 National Association for Music Education (NAFME) Eastern Division Conference Band.
Kaup, who plays the clarinet in Cherokee’s instrumental program, is one of 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States to have been selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Band Ensemble.
With assistance from his music teachers D. Michael Lynch and Earl Phillips, Kaup will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event.
The students will spend three days rehearsing with one of five conductors during the Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education to be held in Pittsburgh, Pa. in preparation for performances next April.
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 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 18 instrumentalists, the treble chorus will have 120 vocalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately 320 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 (Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont and 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.
The method used to compile the lists varies from state to state, although 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 2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles (all except for jazz, which will perform April 6) will perform for an audience of thousands on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
For more information or tickets, visit www.pmea.org.