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CHS Musicians Perform in New England Music Festival

Among the musicians performing in the recent New England Music Festival—the eighty-seventh year for this prestigious event!—were CHS band students Chris Triplett, Matt Waters, and Connor Zwonik.

Senior Matt Waters, senior Chris Triplett, and freshman Connor Zwonik at the eighty-seventh-annual New England Music Festival in Bennington
Senior Matt Waters, senior Chris Triplett, and freshman Connor Zwonik at the eighty-seventh-annual New England Music Festival in Bennington

All three musicians auditioned in December for this highly selective ensemble featuring the best high school musicians from all over New England. Senior Chris Triplett was selected for euphonium, and senior Matt Waters and freshman Connor Zwonik were selected for percussion. They performed under the renowned Dr. Peter Boonshaft, a professor of music and director of bands at Hofstra University, director of the graduate wind conducting program, and conductor of the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.

CSD’s student musicians have long commanded attention regionally and nationally. A number of CSD students perform with the Vermont Youth Philharmonia (VYP) Orchestra (please click here to watch a short video of the VYP’s recent performance at Colchester Middle School). In 2012, former CHS student Lauren Zwonik was the only Vermont student to participate in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. In 2013, the National Association for Music Educators selected a composition written by former CHS student Jacob Morton-Black for a prestigious honor.

Alan Greenspan, Condoleezza Rice, Paula Zahn, Woody Allen, and a host of others credit their musical education for their notable professional successes. (Please click here to read more about that.)

To learn a bit more about CHS’s music program and about some of the many benefits of music education, please click here.

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