PRESS RELEASE – Amanda Iandiorio and Owen Morris, seniors at Indiana Area Senior High School recently returned from performing in the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Choir. Amanda and Owen were chosen for this ensemble through their participation and outstanding placement following rigorous auditions at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State choral festival in April.
The All-National Honor Choir rehearsed and performed as a component of the biennial NAfME conference for music educators, held November 7–10, 2019 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Other national honor ensembles at the event included concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, and modern band. The mixed choir ensemble performed vocal selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jake Runestad, William and Rosephanye Powell, Andrea Ramsey, Ryan Jacobs, Mari Valverde, as well as one selection composed by the conductor, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu of the St. Olaf Chorus.
Owen Morris is the son of Desiree and Tim Morris. He is the drum major for the IHS Marching Band, piano accompanist for the IHS choirs and small ensembles, and sings in A Cappella Choir and Madrigal Singers. He plans to study music composition when he attends college next academic year.
Amanda Iandiorio is currently a senior at IHS and is the daughter of Tracey Iandiorio. Next year she plans to attend IUP, studying for a degree in Music Performance with a voice emphasis. Amanda performs in A Cappella Choir, Madrigal Singers, and SENDRACS (drama club), as well as in PMEA- and NAfME-sponsored choral festivals.
The 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 has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.