POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — School of the Ozarks senior Madeline Sparks has been selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles. She will perform with the Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 10-13, 2016, in Grapevine, Texas.
“Madeline’s incredible accomplishments are a result of her undying determination to overcome challenges,” said John Cheary, S of O music instructor. “She never gives up.”
“For me, playing the oboe is one way in which I worship the Lord,” Sparks said. “He has given me a talent, one that requires tremendous hard work and at times sacrifice. Being selected to the Missouri All-State Orchestra was a true highlight for me. I was hesitant to audition for the All-National Honor Ensembles, but Mr. Cheary encouraged me to try. I am thankful for his guidance and push to dream big, and I am honored to have been chosen to play in the NAfME All-National Honors Orchestra.”
In order for Sparks to qualify for the All-National Honor Ensembles, she first had to compete for a chair at the All-District level, for which she made first chair. Then Sparks had to compete for a chair at the All-State level. Achieving these two levels then allowed her to qualify to audition for the All-National level.
About NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles
The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. More than a musical ensemble, it is a comprehensive, musical and educational experience. The ensembles will meet at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, 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.
Formerly Music Educators National Conference, the association’s name was changed in 1998 to National Association for Music Education to better reflect its mission. Founded in 1907 with 64 members, the Association has grown to more than 130,000 members, including active music teachers, university faculty and researchers, college students preparing to be teachers, high school honor society members, and music friends.
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For more information, contact Valorie Coleman, public relations director, at (417) 690-2212.