Trombonist selected for All-National Honor Ensembles Symphony Orchestra

on August 8, 2017
High school senior Angela Prictoe holds her trombone.

M-W High School trombonist Angela Prictoe will play her trombone with the “best of the best” high school musicians at the 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles program at Walt Disney World in November.

Monroe-Woodbury High School senior Angela Prictoe has been selected as a member of the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles Symphony Orchestra as Trombone 1. Prictoe is among 609 students from 49 states and territories who will be performing in the 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles program at the Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from November 26-29.

This achievement comes as a result of hard work and commitment to her music. During the 2016-17 school year, along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Prictoe practiced with dedication to gain a chair or part in her local, district and state music honor ensembles. And now Angela will join the “best of the best” of high school students from throughout the country for this prestigious performance.

Prictoe will be a senior this year at Monroe-Woodbury High School and has previously performed with the New York Wind Symphony, Hudson Valley Youth Wind Ensemble, NYSSMA All State Ensembles, and is the 1st trombonist and president of the Monroe-Woodbury Wind Ensemble. This past year, Prictoe participated in the NYSSSA orchestral institute and was also the winner for the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra’s 15th annual Concerto Contest. She performed her solo with the orchestra in February at the Paramount Theater in Middletown, NY.

“Angela is not only an accomplished musician, but also a role model for others.  We are beyond proud of her accomplishments,” said Nicole Regan, district music coordinator.

The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have 155 and 152 instrumentalists respectively, the jazz ensemble 21 instrumentalists, and the mixed choir 281 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.

Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (Mixed Choir); Dr. Margery Deutsch (Symphony Orchestra); Dr. T. André Feagin (Concert Band); and Todd Stoll with Lauren Sevian (Jazz Ensemble). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.

National Association for Music Education, 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 orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

Enjoy these highlights from Prictoe’s SUNY Orange Community Orchestra’s 15th annual Concerto performance.