Ryan Oliver Selected to All-National Honor Ensembles
October 17, 2019
Ryan Oliver Selected to All-National Honor Mixed Choir
Radnor High School senior Ryan Oliver was recently selected to the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles. He 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.
"I am thrilled to be selected as a member of the choir and to have the opportunity to spend a few days with such a wonderful group of people," Ryan said.
Ryan sings in the RHS Meistersingers, B-Sharps and Pro Musica, and is a founding member of Radnor's barbershop quartet Fourtissimo. In addition to his vocal activities, he plays trumpet in the school concert band, jazz band and orchestra, and serves as drum major for the marching band. Ryan has performed in various theatrical productions at RHS including All Shook Up, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The Little Mermaid. This spring, he will perform in Radnor's production of Les Miserables. He was also recently named a National Merit 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.
"It is amazing to be able to talk to talented people from all over and to realize that everyone shares the same musical experiences at school and through festivals in their home state," Ryan said. "It is fascinating to think about how music is a universal language that is able to transcend other barriers of communication."
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.