Great Neck Musicians Selected for All-National Honors Ensembles


The Great Neck Public Schools is pleased to announce that three students have been selected for the 2021 All-National Honor Ensembles, presented by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Additionally, one student has been named as an Alternate for this prestigious music program.

North High student Sara Rafaeil (alto) will perform as a member of the All-National Mixed Choir. Additionally, Chantal Sadighpour (soprano) has been named as an Alternate for the Mixed Choir. Their music teacher at North High is Dr. Pamela Levy, fine and performing arts department chair/vocal music teacher.

(left to right) Sara Rafaeil, All-National Mixed Choir; Chantal Sadighpour, Alternate, All-National Mixed Choir; Mengu Amy Wu, All-National Symphony Orchestra; Dayoung Yu, All-National Symphony Orchestra.

South High students Mengu Amy Wu (bassoon) and Dayoung Yu (violin) will both perform in the All-National Symphony Orchestra. Their music teachers at South High are Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher, and Mark Boschen, instrumental music teacher.

Honor Ensembles participants are selected through a rigorous process that includes a recorded video audition. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

NAfME is planning a virtual event for the 2021 All-National Honor Ensembles program, to take place Jan. 22–24, 2022. The 2021 virtual event will include several rehearsals with conductors, workshops with renowned clinicians, and each ensemble will create a final, recorded performance to premiere online.


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