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The Times
  • Ilion students to sing with honors chorus

  • Two students from Ilion Junior-Senior High School are about to hit a high note in their young music careers.

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  • Two students from Ilion Junior-Senior High School are about to hit a high note in their young music careers.
    Ilion senior Frank Sheffield and junior Johnna Bernard will join hundreds of talented music students from across the northeast this weekend to form the 2013 National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Mixed Chorus.
    The group will perform Sunday at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Conn.
    “It is definitely both a privilege and an honor to be able to be a member of such an elite group of students who all share the same love of music as I do,” Sheffield said via email. “I am looking forward to working with these fellow students in order to combine our talents to make beautiful music.”
    Bernard said she was looking forward to reuniting with friends she met at prior New York State School Music Association conferences, “as well as singing with new people from other states.
    Inclusion in the All-Eastern chorus is just the latest honor for the two young singers. Both received perfect scores last spring on their Grade VI NYSSMA solos, acing the highest difficulty level judged at the state conference. Bernard also sang in the All-State Women’s Chorus, and Sheffield sang in the All-State Mixed Chorus.
    These achievements made them fitting candidates for the regional group, said Ilion Director of Music Mark Bunce.
    “These two students are in chorus, chamber choir, music theory classes, and have attended All-County, Area All-State and NYSSMA since seventh grade,” Bunce said. “Both want to major in music, so this desire makes them stand out.”
    This is the fourth time that Ilion students have been selected for All-Eastern under the music direction of Bunce.
    “I feel that what leads to success in the choral program is the amount of performing we do and the kinds of literature we sing over the course of the year,” he said. “The high school ensembles perform four concerts a year.”
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