MMEA All-State Festival Concert slated for Saturday, Apr. 29
CHELMSFORD, MA (Mar. 16, 2023) – Twenty-two students in grades 4-6 at Chelmsford Public Schools were accepted to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Treble Chorus, the MMEA announced on Friday, Mar. 10.
Chelmsford’s 22 students were among 104 selected for the Treble Chorus across the state, marking the largest contingent from any school district. Among those selected were eight from McCarthy Middle School (under the direction of music educator Jodi Richardson) and three from Parker Middle School (Martha Robertson) as well as eight from Center Elementary School (Christopher McGillicuddy) and three from Harrington Elementary School (Matthew Buono).
“This high number of accepted students from Chelmsford demonstrates the high-level of dedication and commitment Chelmsford music teachers provide to their students to ensure that they have the necessary skills to be successful and life-long musicians,” said Mr. Buono, who also serves as the MMEA Treble Chorus Manager. “It also demonstrates Chelmsford Public Schools’ dedication to recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers for its students.”
Chelmsford’s students will perform at the MMEA All-State Festival Concert Saturday, Apr. 29 (1 p.m.) at the Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury, Mass. The Treble Chorus concert will be conducted by K.C. Conlan, Director of the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus in Hampshire, Mass.
Auditions for the MMEA All-State Treble Chorus drew 140 students, who performed a musical scale and a pre-selected song. Rehearsals for the All-State Festival Concert begin Saturday, Apr. 8 at the Oak Middle School (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
The honor is the latest of what has been a year of musical honors at Chelmsford Public Schools.
- In February, eight Chelmsford High School students were inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
- CHS’s a cappella groups, The Thursdays and The Crescendos, finished second and third at the Varsity Vocals ICHSA Northeast Region Quarterfinal (The Thursdays clinched a spot in the Northeast Region semifinal while The Crescendos await selection).
- Twenty-two Chelmsford student musicians in grades 6-9 were named to the MMEA Northeast Junior District Festival, taking place this Saturday, Mar. 18 at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield.
- Additionally, seven student musicians from CHS were named to the MMEA All-State Festival, performed Mar. 12. The seven were among 19 CHS student-musicians named to the MMEA Northeast Senior District Festival in late November.
- Finally, Four CHS student-musicians were accepted into the renowned Western International Band Clinic in Seattle.
The MMEA All-State Chorus Festival marks its first return since 2020.
Chelmsford’s All-State Treble Chorus Students
McCarthy Middle School (Jodi Richardson, teacher)
- Henry Brennan, Grade 6
- Lyra Cody-Little, Grade 5
- Rasm Dadiala, Grade 5
- Isla Gubitose, Grade 6
- Phillipa Nazziwa, Grade 5
- Lyla Reale, Grade 5
- Sreekanta Saha, Grade 6
- Aditi Yadav, Grade 6
Parker Middle School (Martha Robertson, teacher)
- Grace Connolly, Grade 6
- Anjali Pillai, Grade 6
- Quinn McCabe, Grade 5
Center Elementary School (Christopher McGillicuddy, teacher)
- Naisha Giduthuri, Grade 4
- Averie Clark, Grade 4
- Esther Pessin, Grade 4
- Haley Gallagher, Grade 4
- Kalia Roberts, Grade 4
- Krish Garg, Grade 4
- Charlotte Mulholland, Grade 4
- Elyse Jean, Grade 4
Harrington Elementary School (Matthew Buono, teacher)
- Layla Cassidy, Grade 4
- Owen Goodin, Grade 4
- Liliana Tellez, Grade 4
About Chelmsford Public Schools
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