Seniors Adam Bliel and Tori Lorenz were accepted into the National Association for Music Education, NAfME, in mid June. Lorenz will be traveling to sing as an alto in the All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir and Bliel will be a part of the All-National Honor Ensembles Jazz Band playing the trumpet.
This prestigious organization is where Adam Bliel and Tori Lorenz will get the chance to perform alongside other very talented musicians from all over the country in Nashville, Tennessee. They will be performing in many places including the Grand Ole Opry House stage and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and conference center.
Bliel and Lorenz are the first two Shaler students ever accepted into this program. To accomplish this, they had to qualify for many different ensembles. They began at district ensembles, then to regionals. Then they had to travel for the state ensemble. After that, they had to apply for a place.
“In the All-National Jazz Band, they only take 5-6 trumpets so these students have to be very talented and accomplished in order to get selected” Mr. George Tepshich, Bliel’s Advanced Jazz Band teacher, said.
Getting a place, though, did not mean they were in. Their acceptance was decided on what place they were given. They also both had to submit two videos showcasing their best qualities in about two minutes.
“I was so excited, [It’s] such an awesome experience that no one’s ever had before at Shaler,” Lorenz said.
“I was really shocked,” Bliel said. “I did it for the experience”.
However, achieving this honor was not an easy task. Both went through many stages to get to NAfME, and they were only eligible to apply for this experience because they both participated in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, last year.
To prepare for this ensemble, Lorenz has to learn 10 songs, some of which are in a foreign language. She will be practicing an hour a day until the performances.
“It’s going to be quite an adventure, but I think it’ll be worth it in the long run,” Lorenz said.
Bliel has seven songs to practice on his trumpet for this program and also plans on practicing frequently.
“There’s always the time, the days are short, but there’s always time to work,” Bliel said.
After high school, they both plan to continue their careers in music. Bleil plans on pursuing an education in performance, music education, and arranging compositions.
“I just want to try to be the best that I can,” Bliel said.
Lorenz also plans on continuing with music, and stated, “I will never stop singing.”