SUMMIT, NJ - Summit High School junior Mimi Laws has been selected as one of 150 instrumentalists from the eastern region for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Orchestra, which will perform April 8, at 11 a.m., in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City's Historic Boardwalk Hall.

Laws, who plays the viola, will work with her Summit High School teacher, Barbara Vierschilling, to prepare for what NAfME terms "remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event."

Students will spend three days rehearsing with one of five conductors during the Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education.

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Founded in 1907, the 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. The Association's mission is to "ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers."

Each of the state music educators associations in the eastern division oversee the selection process in their state during the Spring and early Fall of the year before the event and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. The method used to compile the lists varies from state to state, although all recommended students must have participated -- or will be participating in -- their home all-state festivals.

To purchase tickets, priced at $20 each through March 17, visit nafme-eastern.org. The Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall is located at 2301 Boardwalk in Atlantic City.