Alena Slak will join 550 accomplished high school musicians from 49 states and territories for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles, November 7–10, 2019, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Alena will perform in the Mixed Choir Ensemble, which has 240 vocalists.
During the 2018–19 school year, along with other music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Alena had to gain a chair or part in her District, Regional, and All-State choral honor ensembles to qualify. She ranked first place (first chair) vocalist at Regionals and first chair at All-States and then competed against top students in every state for a spot in the All-National Honor Ensemble.
Of those who have been selected Alena will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of some of the most prominent conductors in the United States.
Alena will perform the leading role of Emily Webb in the upcoming Emmaus High School production of Our Town. Her other EHS stage credits include Cosette in Les Misérables and Maria in West Side Story (among many others). Alena is a member and the secretary of the National Honor Society; president of the Theatre Department; and president of the EHS Chorale, Select Choir, and the female accapella group, AccaBella. Alena is also a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society, International Thespian Society, and Spanish Honors Society. Presently a senior at EHS, she plans to pursue a double major in biology and vocal performance in college.
National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 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.