Prep Musicians Headed to the Florida All-State Music Festival

Prep Musicians Headed to the Florida All-State Music Festival

By Prep Performing Arts Chair Ron Castonguay P '27 '30

During the months of September and October, Gulliver Prep musicians from the Wind, String, Vocal and Jazz ensembles joined thousands of other high school student musicians from across the state in auditions for the Florida Music Educators' Association's All-State ensembles. The students selected for these ensembles perform at the FMEA's four-day annual Professional Development Conference, which is set to take place January 10-13 in Tampa.

Once a student is chosen as an All-State musician, he or she becomes ranked as one of the top musicians in the state. In

Tampa, the student musicians rehearse for three days with the finest conductors in the country to perform music that is of the highest quality. Music educators from across the country attend the celebrated FMEA All-State Concerts. This is the second-largest All-State music festival in the United States, second only to the one in Texas.

Every year, several talented Prep musicians meet the stringent criteria and are chosen to represent Gulliver in the All-State Concerts. Since 2004, 111 students have been selected to participate in the All-State Music Festival.

Congratulations to these All-State Gulliver Prep musicians:

Nathaniel Rich '18 – Tenor in the Florida All-State Concert Choir

Gonzalo Schaps '18 – Bass in the Florida All-State Concert Choir

Theresa Guidry '20 – Trombone in the Florida All-State Concert Band

This year's honor marks the second-consecutive of its kind for Nathaniel and Gonzalo. The duo was also selected to the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at the Sydney Opera House this past summer. Click here to read more about their trip in the Fall 2017 atrium magazine.