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Elia Foster First-Ever RHS Member of All-National Honor Concert Band

Updated September 16, 2013

Radnor High School Senior Elia Foster Selected to Perform with the 2013 National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Ensemble
Elia Foster Elia Foster has been selected as the first Radnor High School student to be a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Concert Band. Elia will join approximately 670 musically talented and skilled high school students from across the United States in a performance at a gala concert on Oct. 30 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The exceptional musicians will prepare remarkably challenging music to be performed under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the U.S.: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth and Rodney Whitaker.

"Being accepted into the All-National Concert Band is an honor and I’m sure it will be an experience that I will never forget," Elia said. "I am blessed to have this opportunity to travel to Nashville and participate in a band filled with students who love music as much as I do."

According to RHS band director Dan Drew, Elia is one of the most dedicated and talented clarinetist Radnor has ever had.

"Her tone and technique identifies her as a music
ian of extraordinary conviction towards her approach to music performance," Drew said. "She is also outstanding on alto sax and has applied her vast skills to her jazz interpretations. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments!"
"I owe absolutely every accomplishment to my parents who always support me, my private teacher Dave Blumberg who has pushed me to work harder and has inspired me to be the best I can be, and my school band teachers, Mrs. Whitcomb, Mr. Young, Mr. Morgan, Mrs. Gal and Mr. Drew, who have always encouraged me to work harder to become a great musician," Elia said.

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles consists of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble and 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 Wed., Oct. 30 in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, TN. Program and ticket information

National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

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