Anna Thompson will be the first student from Phoenixville Area High School to be a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Concert Band when she joins 670 musically talented students from across the country for four days in Nashville at the Association's annual convention. the conference ends with a gala concert on October 30th at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel featuring the best high school instrumentalists and vocalists in the nation.
Being selected for the band is a grueling process requiring practice, talent, and dedication.
According to a press release from the PASD, Anna began playing the flute 9 years ago in elementary band. Shortly after she started, her band instructor recommended she take private lessons. Dr. Emily Newbold, a retired flute professor at West Chester University became Anna’s teacher and mentor. “I wouldn’t be playing at the level I am today without her support and guidance,” said Anna.
As a high school senior, Anna is also busy preparing for her college auditions. She plans to major in flute performance, with the goal of eventually playing with a professional orchestra. “The London Symphony would be my dream job,” she shared. It just so happens they have an opening right now, but that might be pushing it a bit."
In the meantime, she'll spend four days in Nashville next month playing with the
most talented student musicians in the United States.