The WPS Performing Arts Department is excited to announce that 39 Wellesley High School music students were selected for the Eastern District MMEA (Massachusetts Music Educators Association) Ensembles. More than 900 music students from schools across Eastern Massachusetts auditioned to be part of these ensembles on Saturday, November 4 at Milton High School. Students have been preparing for these auditions over the past several months.
WHS Directors Dr. Kevin McDonald, Mr. Steven Scott and Dr. Sergey Khanukaev as well as IVEP Lesson Program faculty helped students prepare for auditions.
Students who receive a score in the top 50% of their area are eligible to audition for the MMEA All-State Ensembles. These auditions will take place at the end of January. Wellesley is fortunate to have 19 out of the 39 students accepted be recommended for the All-State Auditions.
The students accepted for the Eastern District Ensembles from Wellesley High School are:
Ritvick Abrol, Bass; Alex Auth, Alto; Tessa Baron, Alto; Jamie Duffy, Tenor; Daniel Goldberg, Tenor; Colin Graves, Tenor; Emma Hammond, Alto; Samantha Hirschey, Alto; Evan Joncas, Bass; Eoghan Kelley, Bass; Oliver Kilgore, Tenor; Elle LaFave, Alto; Francesca Le Pera, Soprano; Ethan Liu, Bass; Finn Mathews, Tenor; Eva Meraw, Soprano; Piper Newman, Soprano; Louisa Rossano, Soprano; Luca Scirica, Tenor; Nika Shabestari, Tenor; Eliza Solomon, Soprano; Meghan Wang, Alto; Brady Welburn, Tenor.
Asia Foland, Cello; Ben Harris, String Bass (Jazz Band); Ryan Prentice, Cello.
Shamina Abdullah, Flute; Oscar Cortis, Trumpet; Elisa Dupont, Snare Drum; Emily Gu, Flute; Erik Hellgren, French Horn; August Kim, Timpani; Grace Lin, Clarinet; Rachel Liu, Flute; Connor McClennen, Clarinet; John McCurley, Bass Clarinet; Charlotte McDonough, Tuba; Nick Nicolazzo, Tenor Saxophone (Jazz Band); Dhiren Sivapala, Bassoon.
Students who qualified for the All-State Auditions in addition to being selected for the Eastern District Ensembles are:
Shamina Abdullah, Flute; Ritvick Abrol, Bass; Alex Auth, Alto; Tessa Baron, Alto; Jamie Duffy, Tenor; Asia Foland, Cello; Daniel Goldberg, Tenor; Emma Hammond, Alto; Ben Harris, Jazz String Bass; Erik Hellgren, French Horn; Eoghan Kelley, Bass; August Kim, Timpani; Grace Lin, Clarinet; Ethan Liu, Bass; John McCurley, Bass Clarinet; Charlotte McDonough, Tuba; Nick Nicolazzo, Jazz Tenor Saxophone; Luca Scirica, Tenor; Dhiren Sivapala, Bassoon.
For more information, please contact Mr. Michael M. LaCava, K-12 Performing Arts Director or if you have a specific ensemble question (Band, Chorus, Orchestra), please contact the following Directors: Dr. Kevin McDonald, Chorus Director, Mr. Steven Scott, Band and Jazz Band Director and Dr. Sergey Khanukaev, Orchestra Director.