Hudson – During the 2017-18 school year, along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Sean Morton, from Hudson High School practiced with dedication to gain a chair or part in his local, district, and state music honor ensembles.
Morton will join the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles Nov. 25-28 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
A senior at Hudson High School, Morton started his school music career as a fourth-grade student at the Forest Avenue School, taking up the French horn after participating in instrument demonstrations by then Forest Avenue Elementary School Band Director Kasey Galligan. He credits him with inspiring him to play music, and engaging him in fun music learning experiences.
Morton went on to participate in the JFK (now Quinn) Middle School Band Program, under the direction of Michelle Drapeau, who fueled his drive to learn more music, to learn more about music, and to improve on his instrument.
“I was having a lot of fun in her classes, and she made me really want to “get good” at the horn,” he recalled.
Morton continued his work in grades 8 – 12 under the direction of Jason Caron, as a long-term member of the Concert Band and Pep/Marching Band, as well as a member of the Wind Ensemble and All-School Musical Pit Orchestra.
He competed locally, performing twice with the Central Mass. Senior District Music Festival Orchestra, and just last year with the Mass. All-State Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, at Symphony Hall, Boston. He is currently preparing again for the District and All-State festival auditions, auditions for college music programs with a potential double major in music and engineering, and participating in private horn lessons and the New England Conservatory Youth Orchestra program. He is also in the final preparation stage for the All-National Honors Symphony Orchestra experience.
The All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a jazz ensemble, mixed choir, guitar ensemble (new this year), symphony orchestra, and concert band. Students were chosen through an audition process. The jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 240 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 47 guitarists, the symphony orchestra 122 instrumentalists and the concert band 121 instrumentalists.