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Helen Hu Selected to All-National Honor Ensembles

October 9, 2019

Radnor High School Senior Helen Hu Selected to National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra


Helen Hu holding violin Radnor High School senior Helen Hu was recently selected to the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles. She will join 556 young musicians from 49 states and territories in a performance at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL from November 7-10. 

"Helen is very talented and disciplined musician," RHS orchestra director Tatyana Oksyuk said. "She enjoys playing the violin and is a leader within the Radnor Orchestra. We are all very proud of her achievements and musical success." 

Helen plays in the school's orchestra and the Radnor String Quartet and studies privately with Meichen Liao-Barnes of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Sinfonia Orchestra. She plays volleyball for RHS and participates in math competitions with the Lehigh Valley American Regions Math League (ARML) Team. She was also named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble and modern band. Students were chosen through an audition process. The selected students will perform under the direction of six of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (Mixed Choir); Soo Han (Symphony Orchestra); Emily Threinen (Concert Band); Todd Stoll with Camille Thurman (Jazz Ensemble); Bill Swick (Guitar Ensemble); and Scott Burstein (Modern Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.

The Jazz Ensemble, Mixed Choir, Guitar Ensemble, and Modern Band concerts will take place 7-10 p.m. on November 9. The Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band concerts will begin at 9:30 a.m. on November 10. The concerts are open to the public.

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 has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.