Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511 ext. 32178
James Scott Smith, Acting Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, 301-475-5511, ext. 32139

LEONARDTOWN, MD -- Lovell Rose from Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md., has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Mixed Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Lovell Rose will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on October 30, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

These exceptional students will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth, and Rodney Whitaker.

“We are thrilled to be sending one of our own to represent Maryland and St. Mary’s County Public Schools as a Bass (vocalist) in this prestigious honor ensemble. Lovell has been involved in the performing arts in St. Mary’s County Public Schools since elementary school, participating in chorus, band, marching band, musicals, and plays. He is a talented young man and has made everyone here extremely proud!” – Laurel P. Dietz, Supervisor of Instruction for Fine Arts, St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of the National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

The 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles will perform for an audience of thousands on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, TN. For program and ticket information, please visit http://musiced.nafme.org/all-national-honor-ensembles/.