Gwen Boros ‘20 Named as Principal Horn for the 2018 All New England Festival Orchestra
The prestigious All-New England Festival Orchestra named Gwen Boros ‘20 as a first chair for the French horn—a first for Fryeburg Academy.
The New England Music Festival Association (NEMFA) hosts two annual Solo and Ensemble Festivals that are offered to New England’s most gifted student musicians. Boros will perform with the orchestra in March at the Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, Connecticut.
“Being selected as principal horn for the 2018 All-New England Orchestra means a lot to me,” says Boros. “I am very excited because I will be performing with people at the same level of playing and who have the same amount of interest in music. It will be the best orchestra I’ve had the opportunity to perform with--I’m eager to make music with everyone!”
Boros began playing the French horn in fourth grade and quickly realized a love for the instrument. “I was able to try some different instruments before I decided on one,” continues Boros. “I really liked brass instruments, so I tried out the trombone and horn and decided I like the horn better. Eventually, after playing different types of music, I realized that I enjoyed classical music the most.”
In 2017, Boros participated in the Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Band. This year, she will represent Fryeburg Academy as principal horn in the MMEA All-State Orchestra, which will perform at the annual All-State Music Festival to be held in May at the University of Maine, Orono. In addition, she currently plays first chair horn for both the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) and the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble (PYWE). Boros is also a member of Fryeburg Academy’s concert band and jazz big band.
“My teachers have been very helpful and patient,” continues Boros. “The support of my peers and hard work was essential and helped me improve to where I am today in my music.”
Recently, Boros was awarded a merit scholarship to attend the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan this summer —a premier summer arts camp for aspiring artists for grades three to 12. Boros will study French horn and participate in the camp’s orchestra.
To learn more about The New England Music Festival Association (NEMFA), or details about the upcoming concert, please go to http://nemfa.org or visit their Facebook page.
This year, 22 students traveled to New York City to attend the four-day National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference on March 1-4. Now in its 45th year, the NHSMUN is the largest and most prestigious conference, hosting over 5000 participants from more than 75 countries and 300 schools. The New York-based conference-- surrounded by offices of Permanent Missions to the United Nations as well as the United Nations Headquarters itself--provides the perfect backdrop for a robust international affairs experience and a broadening of global issues awareness. Students are provided with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the theory and practice of international relations firsthand and have the opportunity to attend the opening or closing ceremonies in the UN General Assembly chamber, where actual diplomats convene every year.
On March 15 and 16, FA's Jazz bands traveled to South Portland High School to attend the Maine State Instrumental Jazz Festival. The New Standard Combo and FA Big Band both performed very well, earning silver while the Yukon King Combo and Fryeburg Academy Jazz Orchestra won bronze. It is noteworthy that FA's New Standard Combo earned 74 out of 75 points for their performances--one point shy of claiming the gold standard and was one of the highest scoring combo performances of the event.
At the festival, Georgia Stafford '19 won the Dale Huff Outstanding Musicianship Award--awarded to the top-rated musician in the combo division. Other outstanding performances recognized at the jazz festival were as follows:
The Fryeburg Academy Math Team finished the season by defending their Pi-Cone League Championship title at Leavitt High School on March 6th. The Pi-Cone League consists of 14 teams from 11 regional high schools throughout Central Maine. Five meets were held this year from October through March. 50 Fryeburg Academy students competed on the math team, the highest number of participants on record. Senior team captains Antonina Zackorchemna '19 and Celine Lyu '19 did an outstanding job of leading the team this year. Weekly practices were held at the LaCasse Dining Hall.
Each year, the Western Maine Conference (WMC) sponsors an awards banquet to honor students from each school in the conference. Every WMC school is asked to select two graduating seniors for their overall contributions to their school in the areas of academics, athletics, leadership, and extracurricular activities, as well as for their attitude and consideration of others.
This year senior twins, Casey and Reece Kneissler, were selected to represent Fryeburg Academy at the banquet held on February 27 at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, ME.
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