Valley View’s Jonathan Mengoni to Perform with the 2014 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville
October 9, 2010 Reston, Virginia: Jonathan Mengoni from Valley View High School in Archbald, PA has been named to the 2014 NAfME All-National Mixed Choir Honor Ensemble sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Jonathan will join 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 29, 2014.
These exceptional students, named the “best of the best” out of approximately 2.5 million students nationwide from local, district and state music festivals, will rehearse a repertoire of remarkably challenging music. They will perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States:
Concert Band: Mark Camphouse, Professor of Music, Conductor, Wind Symphony, George Mason University
Symphony Orchestra: Gerard Schwarz, Music Director, Eastern Music Festival Conductor Laureate, Seattle Symphony
Mixed Choir: Edith Copley, Regents’ Professor, Director of Choral Studies, Northern Arizona University
Jazz: Robert Baca, Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire
Jonathan is a four year member of the Valley View High School Music Department currently serving as the vice president of the high school chorus and president of the concert and marching bands. Jonathan has participated in choir since grade 6 where he has attended numerous PMEA and ACDA festivals; on the local, regional and All-State levels. He is a former member of the district’s award winning treble choir, Vivace!. Jonathan has also had significant roles in Valley View’s musical productions Fiddler on the Roof (Mottel),West Side Story (Tony)and Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper).
Jonathan is the son of Ernie Mengoni of Jessup and Michele Mengoni of Peckville.
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 (NAfME). 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.
For program and other information, please visit http://www.nafme.org/programs/all-national-honor-ensembles/.
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