QPS Music Students Festival Acceptances

QPS Music Students Accepted to Prestigious Festivals
Posted on 01/30/2024
8 QPS students pose at the MMEA Sr. Festival

Quincy Public Schools is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of the following students who were recently selected to participate in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Senior District and All-State Music Festivals.

North Quincy High School Choir student Michael Romeo and Band students Anders Eshelman, Alvin Nikolla, Fanny Yang, and Justin Zhao, as well as Quincy High School Choir students William Caberoy, Devereux Fuller, and Matthew Hollatz and Band student Owen Veith were selected to participate in the MMEA Senior District Festival on January 5th and 6th. The Festival took place at the Milton High School on January 5th and 6th and ended with a concert that featured the Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Mixed Chorus. The Festival included high school musicians, selected by audition, from 30 Eastern Massachusetts cities and towns.

Additionally, QHS Choir student Matthew Hollatz and QHS band student Owen Veith met the qualifying scores and were selected to perform at the upcoming MMEA All-State Music Festival, which will take place in March at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Auditioning MMEA students are required to prepare musical scales, an assigned vocal or instrumental solo, as well as demonstrate their sight-reading skills. Every step in this process is evaluated by judges from around the state and only the top-ranking musicians in grades 9-12 are accepted. With each round of auditions, the process becomes more selective as the pool of students grows.

The Quincy Public Schools high school music faculty includes choral directors Timothy Carew and Joanna Compitiello and band directors Matthew Cavanaugh and Michael DeMarco. Mr. DeMarco is also the Citywide Music Department Chair.