Katherine Mahar accepted to the 2021 All-Eastern Honors Choir
The Pembroke High School Music Department is thrilled to share the news that senior Katherine Mahar has been accepted to the 2021 All-Eastern Honors Choir! With assistance from her music teacher, Mrs. Gwynne Chapman, Kat will prepare remarkably challenging music that she will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event. Students will spend three days rehearsing with one of five conductors during the Virtual Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education to be held March 4-6, 2021. 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. 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 and scored in the top 5 %. The committee builds the ensembles from the state presidents' ranked lists, trying to mimic the state population percentages in each group. This virtual event will include several rehearsals with the 2021 All-Eastern Conductors, workshops with renowned clinicians and each ensemble will create a final, recorded performance which will be premiered online.