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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Olean Student to Perform in Nashville

OLEAN, NY — Clarice Ambroselli, a senior from Archbishop Walsh Academy has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Miss Ambroselli will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on October 30, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Miss Ambroselli is 1of 49 first sopranos in the United States, and 1 of 2 first sopranos from New York State. To earn this honor, she was selected to attend the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Area All State Choir, made up of vocalists from 6 counties of NY, the NYSSMA All- State Conference Choir made up of vocalists from the whole state, and the NAFME All Eastern Choir made up of vocalists from the 13 states of the Eastern Sea Board of the US.

Exceptional students, such as Miss Ambroselli, will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth, and Rodney Whitaker. Christopher Dockey, Music Director at Southern Tier Catholic School/Archbishop Walsh Academy said, “Over the years, I have seen Clarice evolve into a well-rounded vocalist. She has shown us that if a genuine passion is present, big things can happen in small places. I want to express how proud the entire school community is of the hard work that Clarice has put in to earn this impressive accomplishment."

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of the National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

The 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles will perform for an audience of thousands on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, TN. For program and ticket information please visit

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