Students to Perform in Western District Festival Concert January 12
MHS will once again be well represented at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s (MMEA) Western District Festival Concert. Six Miss Hall’s students have been selected for this year’s event, which will be held in January.
The MHS performers are cellist Trudy Fadding ’19and violinist Ria Kedia ’20, who will perform with the festival’s District Orchestra, and vocalists Chelsie Li ’21, Andi Loehr ’19, Scarlett Wang ’19, and Riagain Wiley ’20, who will sing with the District Chorus.
The 2019 Festival Concert will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, January 12 (snow date of Sunday, January 13), at the Fine Arts Center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tickets may be purchased at the door, but for advanced ticket sales, please contact the MHS Music Department.
The MMEA, which is the state division of the National Association for Music Education (formerly the Music Educators National Conference), sponsors annual District and State Music Festivals that are open to all secondary school musicians in both public and private schools.
To be selected for the Western District Festival, performers audition at Westfield State University in early November. Instrumentalists prepare a required solo piece, and singers prepare and sing a vocal part of a required choral piece. All musicians must also play scales and sight-read a short piece that they have never seen before, to determine their music reading skills. The selected students will rehearse together twice at UMass and perform a concert after the second day of rehearsal.
Miss Hall’s students have participated in the Festival Concert for more than thirty years, and several of this year’s MHS performers are making return appearances to the festival. The 2019 event will be will be Trudy’s third performance, Riagain sang in the 2018 concert, and Ria performed in the 2017 festival.
Congratulations, MHS performers, and to the MHS Music Department!