CANTON — Interim Superintendent Derek Folan, Performing Arts Coordinator Catherine Eckersley, High School Principal Jeff Sperling and Interim Middle School Principal Michael Green are pleased to share the success of Galvin Middle School and Canton High School students at the Southeastern District Festivals for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA), an association of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Senior District Festival
A total of 15 students auditioned for the Senior District Festival at King Phillip Regional High School on Nov. 20, 2021. Of the 15 auditioning students, 10 received scores qualifying them for the Festival. They are:
- Antoine Aoun – tenor, grade 12
- Adam Clyve – tenor, grade 12
- Atlas Curran-Barker – tenor, grade 11
- Azaliah McFarlane-Decordova – soprano, grade 12
- Amanda Pagel – alto, grade 12
- Caleb Wolf – tenor, grade 12
- Rosalyn Grady – flute, grade 10
- Clara Lipson – flute, grade 12
- Derek Mar – violin, grade 10
- Christopher Pho – violin, grade 12
The Senior District Festival consists of two days of rehearsal followed by a concert. The Festival was originally scheduled to be held in January, but has been rescheduled for April 8-9 at Brockton High School. Students will work with guest conductors to learn 4-5 pieces and will then perform a concert for their families and the community.
Junior District Festival
A total of five students auditioned for the Junior District Festival held virtually on Jan. 8. All five students received scores qualifying them for the Festival. They are:
- Elizabeth Silvasy – soprano, grade 7
- Tyler Goldowsky – trumpet, grade 9
- Anthony Wang – trumpet, grade 9
- Sonia Le – bass, grade 9
- Timothy Tseng – violin, grade 7
The Junior District Festival will take place March 11-12 at Scituate High School. Students will participate in rehearsals and concerts that weekend.
Five students also received scores that qualified them to audition for the MMEA All-State Festival ensembles. This included Aoun, Curran-Barker, Grady, Lipson and Pho. The students completed a virtual audition on Jan. 22.
On Feb. 2, Aoun and Curran-Barker were accepted into the All-State Festival. They will perform at Symphony Hall on March 5.
“The District Festivals are an excellent opportunity for our performing arts students to work with instructors and students from around the region and state,” Eckersley said. “We are so proud of all of our students who worked hard to prepare for their auditions, and we can’t wait to see them perform at their respective District Festivals. We are also thrilled for Antoine and Atlas who were selected for the All-State Festival. These are significant accomplishments for all of our students and demonstrate their talent and hard work.”