Nine incredibly talented Kennett High School students have been selected by audition to various Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Honor Festivals. District 12 includes Chester and Delaware counties and is undeniably one of the most competitive in the state.
Hannah Church (percussion), Victoria Gonzalez (bass clarinet), Sarah Ploener (clarinet), and Evan Shinn (euphonium) qualified for District Band.
Ian Gaadt (violin) and Sarah Ploener (viola) qualified for District Orchestra. Abbie Duckworth (alto), Mirella Petrillo (alto), and Harry Warren (bass) were awarded spots in the District Chorus.
And, multi-talented musician Ella Masciulli, an alto, qualified for District Chorus as well as District Band and District Orchestra on french horn.
Auditions for all three District Festivals were held Saturday, November 18 at Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester.
Students were required to demonstrate excellence in major and chromatic scales, as well as solo performance, prepared selections, and sight reading in order to earn the right to participate at the District Festivals. At their respective festivals, students re-audition for the opportunity to go on to Region and State levels.
The District Band Festival will be held January 11 to 13 at Marple Newtown. Conestoga High School will be hosting District Chorus from January 25 to 27. And, this year’s District Orchestra Festival will be held at Kennett High School, February 8 to 10. The orchestra concert on Saturday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m. is open to the public.
Ms. Katie Soukup is the choral director at Kennett High School. The band is directed by Mr. Anton Romano, and Ms. Jessica Williams is the orchestra director.