LIVINGSTON, NJ — In an “unprecedented” occurrence, according to Livingston High School (LHS) band director Michael Jedwabnik, three LHS students have been selected to participate in the 2019 All-Eastern Honors Ensembles.
Alex Wu (clarinet) was selected to the All-Eastern Wind Ensemble, Jennifer Zheng (violin) to the All-Eastern Orchestra and Ian Hurrel (guitar) to the all-Eastern Jazz Ensemble. All three will perform at the National Association of Music Educators Eastern division conference in Pittsburgh this spring.
“It is rare to have even one student qualify for these ensembles,” said Jedwabnik, lead music teacher for Livingston Public Schools. “It doesn't happen every year for us, and some schools never place a student in these groups at all. For LHS to have three students selected in one year is unprecedented, and is a tribute to the extremely high talent level of these three individuals.”
In order to be selected for this prestigious honor, students must have previously qualified at the top of their regional and state level honors ensembles.
The theme of the 2019 conference, “Innovation, Access, and Insights,” focuses on how in today’s rapidly changing world, “the need for quality music education for all has never been more vital,” according to the event website. The event will be held during the weekend of April 4 to April 7. For more information or to view the tentative conference schedule, click HERE.