McKinley High Student Scores at State Classical Music Competition
- December 22, 2009
Jess Paeratakul (pictured), a senior at McKinley High School who plays the cello, recently won fourth place in the 2009 All-State Orchestra Division (Classical Instrumental) of the Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) Student All-State Auditions. The event is sponsored by the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).
The five All-State organizations that are made up of audition winners perform annually during the LMEA conference. Student membership (winners) in the five state organizations number about: 60 in symphonic band, 80 in concert band, 100 in orchestra, 160 in chorus and 25 in jazz ensemble. Students are selected as a result of district (first round) and state (second round) auditions. String students are chosen by auditions, which are taped at specified sites in September.
Students in grades 9-12 whose directors are current members of LMEA are eligible to audition. A student auditioning for the All-State bands, orchestra or jazz ensemble must be a member of the school's instrumental music program. In a situation where there is no program in the school, the student must be certified by the eligible music teacher at the school or an LMEA-member private teacher. Students are eligible for membership in only one All-State group.
The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers secondary school-age children intensive instruction in dance, media arts, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts (drama, musical theatre, theatre design), visual arts and creative writing, while demanding simultaneous excellence.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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