Corbett Prep Music Hits the Right Note
with 7 All-State Performers
Students in grades 4 through 8 were chosen through a competitive audition process to represent Corbett Prep in All-State music ensembles.
Dec. 8, 2016 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Seven talented student musicians will represent Corbett Prep in state ensembles this school year — the largest number selected from the school in the 16 years it has participated.
Corbett Prep’s students, in grades 4 through 8, were chosen through a competitive audition process to appear in Orff or choral groups with their peers from across Florida. The All-State performances will take place during the Florida Music Education Association’s professional development conference this January at the Tampa Convention Center. The conference attracts more than 8,000 music educators, students, exhibitors and advocates and hosts the All-State bands, orchestras and choruses.
Representing Corbett Prep:
- Milannia Travaglino, fourth grade — Elementary All-State Orff Ensemble
- Julia Cox, fifth grade — Elementary All-State Chorus
- Nitya Padmanabhan, fifth grade — Elementary All-State Chorus
- Alex Smith, seventh grade — Middle School All-State Mixed Chorus
- Rylie Nelson, eighth grade — Middle School All-State Mixed Chorus
- Asha Sneed, eighth grade — Middle School All-State Mixed Chorus
- Will Sobel, eighth grade — Middle School All-State Mixed Chorus
This is the second year Julia Cox, Rylie Nelson and Will Sobel have been selected for All-State chorus. Milannia Travaglino is the first student from Corbett Prep to join the All-State Orff Ensemble, which formed last year.
The Orff Ensemble is the only one of its kind nationally. It provides the chance for elementary musicians to showcase skills and techniques that reflect the principles of Orff Schulwerk, a music teaching approach that taps into how children like to play. A traditional Orff Ensemble features students singing, chanting, dancing and playing recorders and melodic percussion instruments. The All-State Orff Ensemble coordinator, Lisa Hewitt, says the concert will showcase students’ creativity as well as their musical talent.
One-hundred students from across Florida were selected to perform in the Orff Ensemble, and 200 were chosen for the All-State Elementary Chorus from more than 1,100 who auditioned for one of the two groups. For Middle School Mixed Chorus, 317 students were accepted out of 743 who auditioned statewide.
The All-State experience at all levels gives students an opportunity to come together in a “rarified, artistic environment, under the leadership of master clinicians,” Marie Radloff, president of the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, said in a news release. “The artistry these students will achieve in January will be truly remarkable, and their All-State experience will be one they will treasure for the rest of their lives.”