Buffalo Grove Student Among Best of the Best in Nation Music Ensembles

The 2016 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Choir performs at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, TX.

During the 2016-17 school year, along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Janelle Finton, of Buffalo Grove High School,  practiced with dedication to gain a chair in her local, district, and state music honor ensembles. 

And now Janelle will join the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles November 26-29, 2017, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The Jazz Band and Choir concerts take place 7:30-9:00pm, November 28, and the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra concerts begin at 10:00am, November 29, in the ballrooms at Disney Coronado Springs Resort. The concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

BGHS Director of Bands, Henry Kappler, describes Janelle’s accomplishments, “Janelle was selected as one of the top high school trumpet players in Illinois last year, performing first as a top trumpet player in the Illinois Music Educator Association's District 7 Honor Band and then with the Illinois Music Educator Association's All-State Honors Band. She was then given the opportunity to audition for this national ensemble by video audition. Her selection to this ensemble is a testament to her excellent musicianship and incredible work ethic.”  Kappler continues to describe Janelle as, “a serious musician, student, and leader, as she elevates the level of all musicians around her. It continues to be an honor to be her band director, she continues to leave an impact on the bands at Buffalo Grove High School that will last for many years.”

Janelle was thrilled at receiving the honor and says, “I wasn’t expecting to be accepted after sending in my video audition to NAfME, so I am very excited and thankful to get the opportunity to play with dedicated musicians from all over the country.”  Proud parents Louise and Charles Finton share in the excitement and state, “"We are very proud of Janelle's hard work and effort in achieving this honor. We are looking forward to hearing some amazing music at the final concerts." 

The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have 155 and 152 instrumentalists respectively, the jazz ensemble 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed choir 281 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.

Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (Mixed Choir); Dr. Margery Deutsch (Symphony Orchestra); Dr. T. André Feagin (Concert Band); and Todd Stoll with Lauren Sevian (Jazz Ensemble). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.

Names, schools and states, as well as music directors, of the 608 2017 All-National Honor Ensemble students is available at this website: nafme.org/ANHE.

National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

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For additional information, contact Catherina Hurlburt at catherinah@nafme.org or 703-860-4000, ext. 216.


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