Capital High School junior and strings musician Virginia Groce has been selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles November 25-28, 2018, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Of the five different ensembles performing, Groce will be featured in the 2018 all-national honor symphony orchestra and she will be playing viola. She is the only West Virginia student featured in this group, and one of only two West Virginia students featured across the five different ensembles.
Groce’s additional accomplishments include selection as principal viola for the 2017 WV All-State Honor Symphony Orchestra. She was also placed highly during the 2016 and 2017 WVU High School Honor Orchestras. Last summer Groce was a student of the WV Governor’s School for the Arts. Along with being a regular performer with the WV Youth Symphony and participating in that group’s 2016 European Tour, she also performs in Scorch, Kanawha County Schools combined high school orchestra, and in Inferno, Scorch’s advanced chamber ensemble.
The All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a jazz ensemble, mixed choir, guitar ensemble (new this year), symphony orchestra, and concert band. Students were chosen through an audition process. The jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 240 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 47 guitarists, the symphony orchestra 122 instrumentalists and the concert band 121 instrumentalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program (not applicable to guitar students) and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.
Names, schools and states, as well as music directors, of the 550 2018 All-National Honor Ensemble students are available on the ANHE website: nafme.org/ANHE.