ARMAGH -- Next April, a select few of the most musically talented students from the eastern region of the United States will perform in the 2013 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles in Connecticut.
Stephanie Walters, a senior at United High School, will be performing with the more than 780 students who have been invited to perform. The students will perform for an audience of thousands, including Walters' entire family, on April 7 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Conn. Walters is one of only four students from Indiana County who were invited to perform.
The event is made up of five different ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus and jazz ensemble. Walters was selected to be a part of the mixed chorus, which is made up of approximately 350 vocalists. She was selected by Pennsylvania's music educators association to perform at this event.
Walters has participated in chorus since the fifth grade and is a member of her church choir. She was selected to perform at states for chorus during her junior year. Walters also plays clarinet for the band and is an active member of the Bible Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society and the envirothon team. She plans to attend IUP for regional planning and is considering the possibility of minoring in music.
Walters said that she felt very "honored and surprised" when she received the news about her invitation to perform. Walters said that balancing schoolwork while practicing the remarkably demanding and complex music required for this concert will be her biggest challenge in the upcoming months.