Isabella Holcomb, a student at Collierville High School, has been selected for the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform Clarinet with the Honors Performance Series: Honor Band at Carnegie Hall in February and was also chosen to perform at the Sydney Opera House in July. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.
Isabella auditioned for the Honors Performance Series in December of 2018 and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group results directly from the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording. Isabella will join performers from 46 United States, the District Of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, several provinces of Canada, Australia, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.
According to Morgan Smith, Program Director Carnegie Hall, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 700 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Nancy Richardson, Program Director Sydney Opera House, stated the same, but only 300 students of 18000 were selected for performing at the Sydney Opera House. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House is an once-in-a-lifetime experience these musicians never forget”.
Isabella has studied music for 4 1/2 years and is a member of Collierville High Schools Pride of Collierville marching band, Wind Ensemble, WTSBOA All West (multiple years), WTSBOA All State, Memphis Area Honor band, and has achieved numerous solo and ensemble awards. She is an honors academy and BETA club member at Collierville High School. In response to Isabella’s selection as a Finalist, Isabella said, “I auditioned later than everyone else, and I only had a couple of days to get my audition ready. I worked hard, and I practiced significantly. I am proud of myself and completely excited to work with so many talented instrumentalists from across the globe. I am looking forward to meeting the directors. I am grateful for the opportunity and the immeasurable knowledge I will gain. I am ecstatic about performing at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Finally, many thanks to my band directors Mr. Barnes and Mr. Richardson, my band peers, clarinet
instructor, and my parents.”
Carnegie Hall Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February and Sydney Opera House Finalist will come together for six days in the end of July-early August. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City and Sydney. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, February 10, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office. Per Sydney, the Honors Performance will take place Sunday, August 4, and is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased through the Sydney Opera House box office beginning 60 days prior to the concert.
The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com.
During the 2017-18 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or All-State music ensembles, 550 of them—the “best of the best”—were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles.
In that number are Collierville High School students Anna Hudson and Isaiah Robertson, who both earned chairs in the All-National Concert Band. Students selected for the All-National Honor Ensembles rehearsed a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble); Dr. Amanda Quist (Mixed Choir); Dr. Michael Quantz (Guitar Ensemble); Dr. Jean Montès (Symphony Orchestra); and Dennis Glocke (Concert Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and spent several days rehearsing with students before the concert.
On November 25-28, 2018, the 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) performed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, in the ballroom at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Anna Hudson is currently a junior at Collierville High School and plays Horn. She has studied music for six years. In addition to instruction received at school, Anna studies Horn under Dr. Ellen Manthe. Anna is a member of the Pride of Collierville Dragon Band, the Collierville High School Wind Symphony, GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra, WTSBOA All-West Honor Band, TMEA All-State Honor Band, and she is treasurer for Tri-M Music Honor Society. In 2019, Anna has earned chairs in the WTSBOA All-West Honor Orchestra and TMEA All-State Honor Orchestra. When she’s not playing in her own chamber groups, she enjoys teaching horn lessons and mentoring younger players. Outside of the music room, Anna is a captain of CHS Science Olympiad, a member of Wordsmith Writing Olympics and Technology Student Association, and a CHS Freshman Mentor.
Isaiah Robertson is currently a junior at Collierville High School, and plays Euphonium. He has studied music for six years. In addition to instruction received at school, Isaiah studies Euphonium under Geoff Durbin. Isaiah is a member of the Pride of Collierville Dragon Band, the Collierville High School Wind Symphony, WTSBOA All-West Honor Band, and TMEA All-State Honor Band. In 2019, Isaiah has auditioned and placed in the WTSBOA All-West Honor Band. Isaiah hopes to major in music once he graduates Collierville in 2020. Outside of school, Isaiah enjoys going to movies, playing video games and inspiring others to become better musicians.
The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. More than a musical showcase, the ANHE program is a comprehensive and educational experience. Names, schools and states, as well as music directors, of the 550 2018 All-National Honor Ensemble students are available on the ANHE website: nafme.org.
WINNER of the First Annual Collierville Dragon Band Car Raffle Announced & Car Presented
The Collierville Dragon band officially presented the winner of their first annual Car Raffle with a 2018 Ford Escape S at Landers Ford in Collierville on Thursday, November 15th. The winner is Mrs. Kim Barron, a 7th grade teacher at Collierville middle school. Presenting the car was Band Director Mr. Barnes, Assistant Band Director Mr. Richardson, Band Booster President Ms. Katie Schillinger, and Landers Ford General Manager Mr. Don Kitchens. The Dragon Band Car Raffle was a huge success. The band plans to make this an annual fundraising event.