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South Shore Conservatory Student Selected as Member of All-National Honor Concert Band

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Sep 17, 2013
Hingham, MA

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) French horn student Maria D’Ambrosio of Plymouth has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Concert Band sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  Maria, who competed against the top students for a spot in the ensemble, joins more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on October 30, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Maria has been studying French horn with South Shore Conservatory instructor Megan Riccio for four years, has participated in Massachusetts All-State Band for two years and SE Sr. District Orchestra and Band for two years.  She was a member of SSC’s Bay Youth Symphony (BaYS) from 2010-2013, and was a member of NEC Youth Rep Orchestra 2012-2013.  This fall she will be joining the NEC Youth Symphony and the Youth Brass Ensemble.
"Maria is an outstanding young musician and a wonderful person,” says Riccio. “Her acceptance into the prestigious NAfME All National Honor Ensemble is a reflection of her incredible work ethic and dedication. It has been amazing to watch Maria grow as a musician over the past several years. I feel privileged as an educator to have been able to work with her."
The 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble, will perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth, and Rodney Whitaker, for an audience of thousands on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, TN.
About South Shore Conservatory
Founded in 1971, South Shore Conservatory provides instruction in music and the performing arts to more than 2,500 students at its two beautiful facilities in Hingham and Duxbury.  The Conservatory offers private and group instrument and voice instruction in classical, jazz, rock and world genres. Musicianship and theory classes, a certificate program for motivated young musicians, chamber music, jazz combos and the Bay Youth Symphony further enhance the education experience.  A new popular performing arts track – TEMPO - includes Acting for the Camera, Improv, Song Writing, Vocal Stylings and courses in music technology, recording and sound engineering in a state of the art recording studio. The Conservatory boasts a highly rated arts based pre-school and kindergarten as well as a sequential curriculum for children ages 1-7 including Music Together, Suzuki training, acting, recorder classes, and creative movement. The Adult Education program includes a wide range of appreciation classes and hands on instruction opportunities. The Conservatory’s 11 year old resident opera company, Opera by the Bay, produces two staged operas each year. Sequential ballet instruction is offered in partnership with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.  Evenings Under the Stars brings professional performances to more than 4,000 audience members each summer and The Duxbury Music Festival’s renowned guest faculty draws an international student body for this two week resident education and performance festival.  Summer Wind Ensemble, Musical Theatre Workshop, Vocal Institute, BaYS Summer Strings, and Flute Symphony make summer the Conservatory’s busiest season. To further its mission the Conservatory has a growing Music Therapy Department and a Community Partnerships program that works with schools, community service organizations and other arts agencies to provide access to arts education to schools and underserved youth in the region.
Pictured Above: Katy Czerny, President, South Shore Conservatory; Maria D'Ambriosio, Frenc horn student; Megan Riccio, South Shore Conservatory Brass Faculty.

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