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Middle School Group Selected To Present Choral Workshop

Nine students from the Middle School of Plainville Choral Program together with Middle School Music Teacher Todd Helming, recently presented a workshop at the National Association for Music Education's Eastern Division Conference. The conference was held at the Hartford Convention Center and attended by approximately 1,500 music educators from the northeastern portion of the United States as well as Europe. A group of teachers attended the conference to learn recruitment techniques to encourage male student participation in middle school level choral programs. As part of the workshop presentation by the Plainville students, the group sang and demonstrated variations in the male changing voice.

Middle School of Plainville Choral Program students who presented the workshop with Helming, were Shane Hartunian, Kyle Smith, John Sliwka, Jackson Anderson, William Cronkhite, Nick Costantini, Taegan Brochu, Bryan Buckley, and Raymond Moskus.

"It is very exciting to be honored to serve as workshop presenters as our group had to submit an audition tape, and was ultimately selected from many applicants. It was a tremendous opportunity for our students to have been part of something so amazing and great. We received a number of emails after the event indicating that the presentation was very well received by attendees!" said Helming.

"The entire Plainville community should know what a model choral program we have. Mr. Helming is a true leader in the State music education scene and we are very fortunate to have him at MSP. The students who accompanied him should also be recognized as leaders in the school and great representatives of our town," noted Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.

-Posted on May 7, 2013 at 09:31 AM

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