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Two TA Musicians Selected for All-Eastern Honor Ensembles

Congratulations to Madeline Darigan ‘22 and Maya Trahan ‘22, who have both been selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2021 All-Eastern Honor Ensembles. Madeline and Maya are two of only 719 students selected to fill five ensembles: Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Mixed Chorus, Treble Chorus,  and Jazz Ensemble. This ranks them among the finest high school musicians from Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Madeline Darigan is a Saco resident who has been extremely involved in the arts program at Thornton Academy for three years. She is a member of the TA Players and has sung in the Treble Choir or the Chamber Singers since her freshman year. Madeline is also an extremely talented trombone player and cellist, performing in ensembles in and out of school! She was accepted to the District I Honors Choir for two years, the Maine All-State Choir for three years, and the ACDA Eastern Division Choir in 2020. She studies with Mary Johnston Letellier at MJL Voice Studio and participated in the 2020 Maine Musical Theater National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and the Eastern Classical NATS. Madeline serves as the co-coordinator for the Opera Maine Teen Program.

Maya Trahan also lives in Saco. She has been a dedicated participant in Thornton Academy’s Music Program since her freshman year. She has sung with the Treble Choir and the Chamber Singers and has been accepted to both the District I Honors Choir and the Maine All-State Choir all three years! Maya is an extremely talented vocalist.  At Thornton she has been a strong member of the TA Players, participating in three musicals, plus playing the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast at TAMS. Before coming to TA, she did technical training with music professors at Louisiana State University, and acted with the Theater of Baton Rouge!

They will join other Honor Ensembles members in a "Virtual Weekend” experience March 4-6, 2021 that will include keynote speakers, masterclasses with professional musicians, rehearsals with their conductors, as well as opportunities to learn and network with colleges and universities of various types and participate in mock auditions.

This non-traditional and unique experience will be very different from the in-person rehearsals and concerts that have, in the past, coincided with NAfME Eastern Division biennial conference. This year, students will individually record their performance from home, led by a virtual performance of their conductor. The recordings will be edited together to produce a virtual ensemble for the concert performance. The concert will be premiered on April 23rd at 8:30pm during the designated concert hour at the 57th NAfME Eastern Division Virtual In-Service Conference.