WRENTHAM — Superintendent Paul Zinni is pleased to announce that members of the King Philip Regional Music Department were accepted into the All-State Music Festival and Southeast Junior District Festival.
“I would like to congratulate the students from King Philip Regional High School and King Philip Regional Middle School for their accomplishments through their participation in our music department,” Superintendent Zinni said. “These students have worked incredibly hard during this challenging year and I am so proud to see their hard work pay off with their acceptances into these festivals.”
All-State Music Festival
Following their auditions, seven King Philip Regional High Schools students were accepted into the All-State Music Festival. These students will participate in the chorus, orchestra and concert band performances.
Seniors Ava Cardner and Hayden Holster and junior Joseph Cannon were accepted into the concert band. Senior Camryn Buckley and junior Mathew Beatty were accepted into the chorus, and freshman Ella Brown and sophomore Finny Keefe were accepted into the orchestra.
The All-State Festival will be held virtually on Saturday, March 6. As part of the All-State Festival, the concerts showcase the talents of student musicians from across Massachusetts. The performance will feature four groups: chorus, jazz band, orchestra and symphonic band.
The All-State Festival is put on by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA). It is organized to give the MMEA All-State students an opportunity to demonstrate their artistry and to create new friendships.
Southeast Junior District Festival
Students from across Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod were also invited to audition for the Southeast Junior District Festival. Following auditions, four King Philip students were invited to participate in the festival.
Seventh grade students Teaghan Derfler-Murphy and Ignacio Rivera and freshman Ian Thompson were invited to join the band at the Southeast Junior District Festival, while eighth grade student Catherine Siedel was invited to join the jazz ensemble.
The Southeast Junior District Festival will take place virtually on Saturday, March 13. During the festival students will play collectively via a virtual platform with Steve Bell conducting the junior concert band and Lisa Linde conducting the junior jazz ensemble.
“Being chosen for Junior Districts is a major accomplishment, especially considering the competition amongst other schools in the region,” King Philip Regional Middle School Band Director Joshua Wolloff said. “Although the festival is altered this year due to COVID-19, we look forward to our students gaining this experience and learning valuable skills about playing together.”