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Herricks Student to Perform at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville

Joslyn Thomas to selected to 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles.

Herricks High School student Joslyn Thomas. Photo credit: Courtesy Herricks School District
Herricks High School student Joslyn Thomas. Photo credit: Courtesy Herricks School District
Herricks High School senior Joslyn Thomas has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

A member of the class of 2014, Thomas will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on Oct. 30, 2013 in Nashville, TN to sing under the baton of one of the most prominent choral conductors in the United States, Rollo Dilworth.

Thomas is among only 32 students on Long Island and 74 in New York State to be selected for this honor. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

At Herricks, Thomas is a member of the chamber choir, women's choir and Herricks 16 as well as an ensemble member of the Herricks Fall Musical, “Kiss Me Kate” as well as an active member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has been an active member of the MYO Youth Chorale for the past three years as well as Nassau Suffolk Vocal for two years. She has participated in All County and All State and All Eastern as a junior.

“Joslyn is a hard working, caring and compassionate young woman,” Herricks Chorus teacher Louise O’Hanlon said. “She is passionate about music and encourages other students. This is a fabulous and well earned opportunity for her.”

Thomas is anticipating another incredible musical experience, saying that she is “looking forward to working with Rollo Dilworth and singing among the countries most talented vocalists.”

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed 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 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately 350 vocalists.

Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles. 
The 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles will perform for an audience of thousands on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, TN.

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