SANTA MONICA—Three Santa Monica High School students have been selected among thousands of students nationwide to perform with the 2015 National Association for Music Education (NAFME) All-National Honor Ensembles.
The NAFME’s All-National Honor Ensembles consist of “outstanding student musicians from throughout the country [who] will rehearse and perform with renowned conductors,” as stated in the NAFME website.
According to a press release from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military-base school practiced throughout the 2014-2015 school year to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. The most exceptional high school musicians who were accepted to their district of All-state music ensembles, which included 673 of the “best of the best” were chosen.
Santa Monica High School violinist Amy Amatya, double bassist Jack Antich and trombonist Glennon Davalos-Stanton were selected to join the 673 elite high schoolers from across the nation in one of four NAFME ensembles. The ensembles include the concert band and symphony orchestra each consisting of approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensembles with 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus, which has approximately 350 vocalists.
Both Amatya and Anitch were chosen to perform with the symphony orchestra, while Davalos-Stanton was selected to play with the jazz ensemble.
“The Santa Monica High School Music Department is extremely proud of Amy Amatya, Jack Antich and Glennon Davalos-Stanton for successfully auditioning to be part of the All-National Honor Ensembles’ symphony orchestra and jazz ensembles,” said Joni Swenson, Samohi Director Of Orchestras. “High school musicians from throughout the country sent in audition recordings for consideration, and it is an honor that three Samohi students were selected to be a part of these prestigious ensembles.”
SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyons added, “What a tremendous honor for these talented students and what great news for our community. We congratulate Amy, Jack and Glennon on the prestigious honor and for exemplifying just how committed our students are to arts education.”