ST. JOHNSBURY -- Three Mount Anthony High School students received state wide recognition for their musical abilities this past week at The Vermont All State Music Festival, held this year in St. Johnsbury.

Junior Katianna Nardone was awarded the 2014 Vermont All State Music Festival composition scholarship, with the submission of her string quartet, "Dance of the Misty Elves". Compositions were submitted in January by high school students from around the state in competition for this award, and were reviewed by a panel of judicators. Katianna composed this piece during a six week composition program at the Interlochen Arts Camp last summer, where she was awarded an Interlochen Fine Arts Award for composition. Katianna's primary instrument is the violin, and she has auditioned for and played for the third year in a row in the Vermont All State Music Festival's Orchestra.

Junior Nolan Downey also received state wide recognition with the 2014 Vermont All State Music Festival brass scholarship. Nolan's primary instrument is the tuba, and he competed with various brass instrument players in January from around the state through an extensive audition process for this award. Along with this recognition, Nolan auditioned for and played tuba in the festival's band.

Adel Lefebvre also participated in the All State Chorus.

As part of a special scholarship concert at the festival, both students had their pieces featured within their selected categories.


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Katianna conducted the playing of her piece by four string players at the festival. Nolan performed a movement from "Tuba Concerto", by Edward Gregson, with piano accompaniment.

Four additional students from MAU also participated in the festival as well, after auditioning in January for band and chorus positions. David Hojnowski played timpani in the festival band, and Sarah Solari, Garrett Derosi, and Sebastian Durfee sang in the festival chorus. All students were supported by MAU band teacher Marg Rooen, and MAU chorus teacher Lynn Sweet, who accompanied students to both January auditions and to the festival itself.

The Vermont All State Music Festival is an annual event supported by the Vermont Music Educators Association (VMEA) and operated by the Vermont All State Committee. The Festival offers musicians from Vermont's high schools the opportunity to perform in a band, orchestra, chorus or jazz ensemble under the direction of some of our nation's finest conductors. Three days of intensive rehearsals led up to a series of performances involving all four groups.