Pomperaug High School student Daniel K. was accepted to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2015 ALL-NATIONAL CHORUS, part of the All-National Honor Ensembles. He will perform at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on October 25-28, 2015 with selected high school students from all over the United States.
The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. The ensembles will perform under the baton of leaders in the field of music education. The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles are represented in the following components: Concert Band, Mixed Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble.
Daniel, a member of the PHS All-State program, completed an online application and a video of his performance of an Italian aria.
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.
NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession and for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum.
Daniel K. started formally singing in the fourth grade Chorus at Pomperaug Elementary School, then continued to sing in the Chorus and Chorale at Rochambeau Middle School, and the Chorus and Chamber Chorus at Pomperaug High School since freshman year.
Members of Chorale and Chamber are expected to sight-sing, correctly notate music and critically listen to music in addition to performance expectations. The quality of his work and effort is demonstrated by his participation in the CMEA Southern Regional for two years as well as participating in the All-State Music Festival this year.
Linda Hughes, Daniel's PHS Chorus teacher, submitted a recommendation on his behalf where she reflected on his passion about music.
“Dan becomes completely immersed in the repertoire. He is a conscientious student with an excellent work ethic. He is a team player and he always strives to do his best. He is always looking for ways to improve his personal performance as well as those of the group. Daniel is well respected by his peers and he actively takes part in critiques and discussions and offers constructive comments and feedback with the intent of improving the groups’ performance,” said Hughes.
In addition, he performed in the PHS production of Little Women this spring, and will appear in Main Street Theater’s Hairspray this summer. He has been a Tri-M member for four years. In addition to voice, Daniel has studied piano for 13 years and composes a variety of different types of music. He has been in all honors classes during his freshman and sophomore year, and this year he is taking 3 AP classes, including AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP US History.
An aspiring scientist, Daniel is a Junior at Pomperaug High School and lives in Southbury with his parents, Thomas and Christine, and his three siblings.