WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ten middle school students and six high school students were selected to participate in their respective Massachusetts Music Educator's Western District Festivals.
The high school students attended the festival, which took place at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on Jan. 12. Eric Hirsch and Nathan Majumder performed with the band, Tyra Nurmi and Blake Sherman performed with the chorus and Schuyler Fohrhaltz-Burbank and Taylor Fohrhaltz-Burbank played with the orchestra. Taylor and Schuyler Fohrhaltz also recieved All-State recommendations, which only the top performers receieve. They were also invited to the Massachusetts Music Educator's All-State Festival to play with the orchestra, which took place on March 2 at Symphony Hall in Boston.
On March 16, the middle school participants will visit the UMass-Amherst campus for the Massachusetts Western District Junior High Festival. The participating students are Dagny Albano and Cameron Castonguay for the band, and Serena Chow, Niku Darafshi, Clara Bentz-Kuttner, Mercer Greenwald, Aaron Kleiner, and Matthew Kleiner, Orchestra, and Jenna Benzinger for the chorus.