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Kirkwood High School Musician Selected to All-National Honor Ensemble

As shared in August, Kirkwood High School (KHS) sophomore Abigail Konopik earned seats in St. Louis All-Suburban Concert Band and the Missouri All-State Concert Band. These selections qualified her to audition for the All-National Concert Band. 


This week, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced the All-National Honor Ensembles. Abigail was announced as a member of this ensemble for the National Association for Instrumental Music National Honor Society. She was selected to the French Horn section via a recorded audition submitted last spring. 


Abigail will now join the “best of the best” at the NAfME 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) Virtual Event January 7–8, 2021. The first-ever All-National Honor Ensembles virtual event will include several rehearsals with the 2020 ANHE Conductors and workshops with renowned clinicians. Each ensemble will create a final, recorded performance premiered online during the NAfME Music In Our Schools Month® in March 2021. 


Abigail started playing French Horn in fifth grade. She now plays in KHS's Wind Ensemble under the direction of Rebecca Friesen. 


The All-National Honor Ensemble performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, and modern band (now in its second year). 


Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have 120 instrumentalists. Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the direction of six of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Frances Fonza (Mixed Choir); Nobuyoshi Yasuda (Symphony Orchestra); Rodney Dorsey (Concert Band); Todd Stoll with Terell Stafford (Jazz Ensemble); Chuck Hulihan (Guitar Ensemble); and Tony Sauza (Modern Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert: