When walking through the hallways of BFA Fairfax this spring, specifically through the band wing, there is a great chance you will be treated to the rehearsal sounds of some of the most talented young musicians in Vermont and New England. BFA Fairfax is extremely proud of two such musicians within our student body. Sophomore Malachi W and Junior Mary F have been busy auditioning through the winter, and were both selected for prestigious musical ensembles that represent the best High School musicians in our state and region.
Each year, the Vermont Music Educators Association hosts the All-State Music Festival. Hundreds of student musicians throughout Vermont audition for parts in the orchestra, band or chorus, and if selected, take part in the three-day festival. This year Mary was selected as 2nd chair oboe, and Malachi received the honor of being named 1st chair tuba. The festival will be held at Missisquoi Valley Union High School on May 5-7, culminating in performances on the 7th.
Similarly, the New England Music Festival Association recently held a three-day festival at Gilford High School in Gilford, New Hampshire on March 17-19, at which Malachi once again represented BFA Fairfax as 1st chair tuba.
First-year band director Ian Flint speaks of the importance of our representation at these festivals stating “the ability for our students to play at the same level with such high caliber musicians in our state and region is an invaluable opportunity, and sets a great example for our younger musicians in our K-12 school.”
BFA Fairfax is thrilled to have such talented musicians, and we look forward to the continued growth and success of our music programs in the future. We wish the best of luck to Mary and Malachi at the All-State Festival in May!
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