What is Senior Districts?

It is a wonderful opportunity for your young musician, in grades 9-12, to play or sing with other talented musicians from high schools all across the Northeast region of Massachusetts.  It is an opportunity to set a goal, to practice and prepare for a one-on-one audition, to receive feedback about one’s musical performance, and to build confidence and skill as a musician. Making it into Districts is a fabulous accomplishment – chorus, orchestra, wind ensemble or jazz band.  Making it into Districts leads to three days in January of intense rehearsal under the direction of superb conductors and a concert at Lowell High School.

And…. if your child is tops in the Northeast District then they are invited to audition for Massachusetts All-State.  The level of musicianship is absolutely astounding as it pulls from across the entire state of Massachusetts. The experience of playing or singing with other top musicians in the State is unforgettable for these young musicians.  Three days and overnights in Boston in March (excused absence from school), practicing under the direction of national level conductors, with hundreds of serious and accomplished musicians, and the experience of performing in Symphony Hall.  It’s thrilling that teen-aged musicians can earn this experience!  The North Andover Music Association is honored to sponsor the All-State registrations for these highly accomplished NAHS musicians, we congratulate them and know they will bring improved leadership and musical skills back to our NAHS music program.

And…. if your child makes it into All-State, then the All-Eastern Conference (as in all high schools East of the Mississippi River, USA) is the next opportunity. Yeah, that’s HUGE!

So, should your child audition for Northeast Districts?  Well, we are hosting the auditions right here at North Andover High School on Saturday, Nov. 17th.  That couldn’t be more convenient.  The audition cost is $10 (form needs to be turned in to the music teachers by Oct. 24th) couldn’t be much cheaper.  But mostly, think of the discipline needed to learn the music to meet this goal.  Your child can hone that discipline with a real task like auditioning.  Yes, for the band student, practicing for a District’s audition is tough to squeeze in with marching band season and course demands, but come Oct 29th everything slows wayyyy down.  District auditions, Nov 17th, is the perfect thing to be working on.

Go to http://northeastdistrict.org/senior.htm for more information and to see the music requirements.  Questions should be directed to Mr. Smalley and Mrs. Durkin.  Freshmen and 7th-8th graders are also eligible to audition for Junior Districts. These auditions are held in January.  http://northeastdistrict.org/junior.htm


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