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HHS Students Audition for the 58th Annual MA Central District Music Festival

posted Nov 21, 2014, 12:10 PM by Hps Webmaster

Sixteen Hudson High School musicians auditioned for the 58th Annual Massachusetts Central District Music Festival - TEN (7 vocalists, 3 instrumentalists) selected to participate; SEVEN (5 vocalists, 2 instrumentalists) also qualify to audition for the Massachusetts All-State Music Festival

The Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) sponsors district festivals each year in senior high and junior high divisions.  On average, 1400 students from 60 different high schools in Central MA participate in this audition process, and approximately 400 students are selected for the Festival. 

Sixteen students represented Hudson High School on Saturday afternoon, November 15th, 2014.  They are Buren Andrews (tenor voice, Grade 11),  Edward Andrews (bass voice Grade 12), Alexandria Banks-Mitchell (viola, Grade 9), Alexander Benson (alto saxophone, Grade 12), Kathryn Benson (percussion, Grade 12), Taylor Benson (bass voice, Grade 12), Andrew Doherty Munro (clarinet, Grade 12), Jacob Doherty Munro (French horn, Grade 9), Brooke Leibowitz (alto voice, Grade 12), Breanna Lizotte (clarinet, Grade 9), Kathleen Meyer (soprano voice, Grade 12), Morgan Nelson (flute, Grade 11), Andrew Nugent (tenor voice, Grade 12), Leah Pinner (clarinet, Grade 11), Jack Snow (tenor voice, Grade 10), and Thaya Zalewski (clarinet, Grade 10).

Ten students have been selected for the festival, which will be held the week of January 12th, 2015.  The festival involves two six-hour rehearsals during after school hours at Wachusett Regional High School, and a concert scheduled for 4:00pm, on Saturday, January 17th, 2015, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.  Those students are Buren Andrews, Edward Andrews, Kathryn Benson, Taylor Benson, Andrew Doherty Munro, Brooke LeibowitzKathleen Meyer, Andrew Nugent, Jack Snow, and Thaya Zalewski.

Seven of those students also scored high enough to receive recommendations to audition for the Massachusetts All-State Music Festival later this year.   Those students are Buren Andrews, Kathryn Benson, Taylor Benson, Andrew Doherty Munro, Brooke Leibowitz, Kathleen Meyer, and Andrew Nugent. 

A few other notable statistics include:

  • Taylor Benson earned the top score out of 76 Bass voice auditions.
  • Andrew Doherty Munro came within 4 points of the top score out of 53 clarinet auditions.
  • Kathleen Meyer came within 4 points of the top score out of 152 Soprano voice auditions
  • Brooke Leibowitz came within 3 points of the top score out of 120 Alto voice auditions.
Mrs. Jeannette McLellan (HHS Chorus Director) and Mr. Jason P. Caron (HHS Band Director) wish to congratulate all of the students who auditioned for the festival, an accomplishment in and of itself.

The caliber of student musicianship from across all of Central Massachusetts makes participation in the District festival an honor, and an emotionally and musically rich and rewarding experience.    We are so proud of them for their achievements, and ask you to join us in congratulating them.