Three Holton performers were recently named to the 2021 Maryland All State Ensembles, organized by the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA). Congratulations to the following instrumentalists and singer:
- Jaimie Lwin ’21 – Violin, First Chair (All State for six consecutive years)
- Jessica Lian ’23 – Viola (second All State recognition)
- Ema Nakayama ’21 – Alto (All State for six consecutive years and recent All-National Honor Choir participant)
Each year, MMEA selects students for a range of All State ensembles based on a rigorous audition process. Typically, each group assembles for an intensive weekend of rehearsals with outstanding guest conductors and a final performance; unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 workshops and concerts were cancelled. Students are receiving a digital certificate of recognition and a medal and are eligible to audition for the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern and All-National Honor Ensembles.
Holton's music teachers are active in the organization and strongly support the All State program, encouraging students to audition, helping them prepare, and coaching them after selection. Faculty agree that preparing for the audition makes musicians stronger, as does their participation in the workshops when offered.
Brava to this year's All State honorees!