Nineteen CHS Student-Musicians Selected to MMEA Northeast Senior District Festival
Five students earn First Chair honors; Six repeat Festival honors from previous years
CHELMSFORD, MA (Nov. 30, 2022) – Nineteen student-musicians from Chelmsford High School – representing band, orchestra and chorus – qualified for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Northeastern Senior District Music Ensemble, the MMEA announced on recently.
Five students earned first chair honors led by senior violinist Kaitlyn Kaminuma and senior percussionist Sarah Roch, who earned first chair status for the second straight year. Also earning first chair honors were juniors Jack Tallent (tuba) and Kyle Pinto (trombone) and freshman flautist Jade Boyer.
Senior bassist Jacquelyn Brennan-Barbeau earned Senior District Ensemble honors for the fourth straight year while Ms. Roch, Mr. Pinto, Mr. Tallent and junior violinist Cynthia Lu earned the plaudits for the third successive year. Senior Jamie Garber (alto saxophone) was named to the Ensemble for the second consecutive year.
Eight CHS musicians received MMEA All-State recommendation including Ms. Roch, Mr. Pinto, and Mr. Tallent, who earned all-state honors for the third straight year; as well as Ms. Brennan-Barbeau and Ms. Kaminuma for the second consecutive year. Also earning all-state recommendation were Ms. Boyer, freshman Ryan Blaine (French horn) and freshman Ethan Jiang (tenor saxophone).
All-State auditions are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21 at Shrewsbury High School.
“We are so proud of the students who auditioned for and were accepted into this year’s Senior District Festival,” said Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Christy Whittlesey. “Their success is a direct result of both their hard work and the efforts of our music faculty, who are dedicated to offering students the best quality K-12 music education possible.”
The MMEA Senior District Music Festival is scheduled to run Wednesday, Jan. 4, Friday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7 at the New England Conservatory of Music. Rehearsals will be conducted Wednesday and Friday with a dress rehearsal and performance Saturday (Times TBA).
As it has in previous years, the Chelmsford Friends of Music will cover the audition fees for CHS’s eight students who qualified.
The auditions were held in person – at North Andover High School – for the first time since 2019 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Chelmsford’s Harrington Elementary School music teacher Matthew Buono served as the MMEA auditions coordinator.
Recipients of the MMEA Northeastern Senior District Music Ensemble included:
Student Years Distinction Instrument
Ryan Blaine (Fr.) * — Band French Horn
Jade Boyer (Fr.) #* — Band/Orchestra Flute
Jacquelyn Brennan-Barbeau (Sr.) * 2019, 2020, 2021 Orchestra String Bass
Eleanor Desmarais (Sr.) 2021 Chorus —
Cailin Deutschmann (Jr.) — Chorus —
Jason Dou (So.) — Orchestra Viola
Jamie Garber (Sr.) 2020 Band Alto Saxophone
Aidan Gilmore (Jr.) — Band Trumpet
Ethan Jiang (Fr.) * — Band Tenor Saxophone
Kaitlin Kaminuma (Sr.) #* 2021 Orchestra Violin
Jociah Kautz (Jr.) — Band Trombone
Karen Khela (Fr.) — Chorus —
Cynthia Lu (Jr.) 2020, 2021 Orchestra Violin
Brian Miller (Sr.) — Band Trumpet
Sophia Miranda (So.) — Band Clarinet
Kyle Pinto (Jr.) #* 2020, 2021 Band Trombone
Sarah Roch (Sr.) #* 2020, 2021 Band Mallets
Jack Tallent (Jr.) #* 2020, 2021 Band Tuba
Joshua Wolman (Fr.) — Band Bassoon
#Denotes First Chair position; *Denotes All-State recommendation
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