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Anya Chan Selected to All-National Honor Ensembles

November 13, 2020

Anya Chan Selected to All-National Symphony Orchestra


Girl holding cello in front of bookcase Radnor High School senior Anya Chan was recently selected to the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles. She will be a member of the cello section of the All-National Symphony Orchestra during a virtual All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) program from January 7-9, 2021.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, NAfME canceled the in-person combined 2020 NAfME PreK-12 National Conference, Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, and All-National Honor Ensembles, originally scheduled for November 4-8 in Orlando, FL.

"I am really happy to be selected," said Anya. "It is disappointing that they canceled the in-person program but I am excited for the virtual performance."

The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble and modern band. Students were selected through an audition process. District, regional, state and national auditions were held during the 2019-2020 school year to determine the musicians selected for the 2020 all-national ensembles.

"Both the state and national auditions were virtual, which was less nerve-wracking for me," Anya said. "However, this meant that everyone would send in their best recordings so in a way it was more challenging."

Anya began playing cello at age 7 after hearing her older brother started lessons. She plays in the Radnor High School orchestra and is a member of the Radnor String Quartet. She also studies privately.

"I decided to concentrate on the cello because I enjoy the range of the instrument, which is similar to that of the human voice. Higher notes are melodic and singing while the C string, or the lowest string, produces growly resonance."

The virtual NAfME event will include several rehearsals with the 2020 ANHE Conductors, workshops with renowned clinicians, and each ensemble will create a final, recorded performance which will be premiered online. The selected students will perform under the direction of six of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Rodney Dorsey (concert band); Nobuyoshi Yasuda (symphony orchestra); Frances Fonza (mixed choir); Todd Stoll (jazz ensemble); Chuck Hulihan (guitar ensemble) and modern band (Tony Sauza). 

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.