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The Telegram
  • Central Valley Academy student to perform in Nashville

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  • Johnna Bernard, a student at Central Valley Academy in Ilion, has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAME All-National Honor Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.
    Bernard will join more than 670 high school students to perform at a gala concert on Oct. 30 in Nashville, Tenn.
    The students will prepare music that they will perform under the baton of Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth and Rodney Whitaker.
    Bernard is an outstanding musician according to her vocal teacher, Mark Bunce. Currently, she is a senior at Central Valley Academy. As a junior, she attended the New York State Conference All-State and All-Eastern Ensembles. Bernard has had leads in school musicals and is a member of Central Valley Academy Concert choir, chamber choir and women’s ensemble. She also is a recipient of the Mohawk Valley Choral Society Scholarship for two years which entitles her to sing with the Mohawk Valley Choral Society and receive free voice lessons from Anita Firman. Bernard has also placed in the local B-sharp Music Club scholarships and attended the Crane School of Music Youth Summer Music Camp the past two years. She is the daughter of James and Danielle Bernard. Bernard plans to attend music school in the future and become a music educator.
    The NAME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of the National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists and the mixed chorus will have approximately 350 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.
    The 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles will perform for an audience of thousands on Oct. 30 in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

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