Congratulations to the three Holton singers and musicians named to the 2020 Maryland All State Ensembles, organized by the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA):
Esther Kim '21 – Oboe (All State for two consecutive years)
Jaimie Lwin '21 – Violin 1 (All State for five consecutive years)
SENIOR MIXED CHORUS
Ema Nakayama '21 – Alto (All State for five consecutive years)
Every year, MMEA selects students for the eight 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, many of this year's workshops and culminating concerts were scheduled to take place in March and had to be cancelled, including Senior Orchestra and Mixed Chorus. Students are instead receiving their certificates of recognition digitally.
"These talented performers weren't able to celebrate their accomplishment onstage this year, but I know that being selected for this very prestigious opportunity out of all the high-school musicians in the state remains a great honor to them and to those of us who teach them," says Choir Director Trevor Fanning.
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.
Brava to this year's All State honorees!