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Two SHS Music Students Receive National Honors

Jennifer Dericks

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 • 12:00am

SPART, NJ-  Sparta High School has the distinction of having two students selected to perform at the  All National Honors Music Ensembles.  This year the national program was held in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct 27-30. 

Emily Melberger performed with the choir as an Alto 2.  Laura Lopez, her choir teacher at Sparta High School has glowing remarks about her student.  “Emily has been a dedicated choir member at Sparta High School.  She is involved in Honors Choir, Nightingales Women’s Choir, Shacapella and is a teaching assistant for the Freshmen Select Choir.  She has successfully auditioned into County Choir, All State Choir, All Eastern Choir and now All National Choir.  She is a great role model to other musicians and we are proud of her.”

Peter Jin performed with the Orchestra playing 4th Oboe.  Deborah Gianuzzi, Peter's instructor at Sparta High School beams with pride. “Peter Jin has been a dedicated member of all of our Honors Wind Ensemble and Varsity Jazz Band here at Sparta High School.  He has all the qualities of an accomplished musician and student.  He has successfully auditioned for every level of state competition in both band and orchestra and we are so proud of Peter’s accomplishments.  Being selected as a member of the NAfME honors ensembles is a tremendous honor.”

The National Association for Music Education is the sponsoring organization.  They were founded in 1907 as the Music Supervisors National Conference.  Reportedly among the largest arts education organization worldwide, they singularly address all forms of music programs.  The organization endeavors to support music educators and instruction at all levels, promoting resources and standards for teachers, students and parents. 

There were nearly 3500 attendees at this year's conference, with programs that kicked-off with a special concert at the Grand Ole Opry House.  A total of 670 students from all 50 states, Washington DC and European associations were in Nashville, performing together at a gala concert in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. 

During the 'For the Good of the Order' portion of the Sparta Board of Education meeting last  Monday night, board member and music teacher Karen Scott reported the selection of Melberger and Jin.  "It is an honor to have one student from your school chosen but to have two is extraordinary," she concluded.  

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