Bronxville High School junior Megan Barker performed with the All-State Mixed Chorus at the 2019 NYSSMA Winter Conference on Dec. 8. The concert took place at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in Rochester.
Barker was chosen for the prestigious honor based on the proficiency she demonstrated at the New York State School Music Association solo festival last spring, along with a recommendation from her teacher and exemplary participation in other performing organizations. More than 7,000 students across the state auditioned with the hopes of being among the 900 students selected to perform in one of eight performing groups at the annual Winter Conference. Barker was among 160 students to perform with the Mixed Chorus.
“The hard work, discipline and dedication demanded by the study of music is evident in Megan,” chorus director Pamela Simpson said. “She possesses beautiful tone quality, stellar technique, and she embodies true musicianship. I am thrilled she was selected to perform with this prestigious ensemble."
Barker is a member of the Bronxville High School Chorale, Select Chorus and Chorus. She will be singing the soprano solo in the high school chorus and orchestra's performance of J.S. Bach's Magnificat on Dec. 20 and will be featured as Rapunzel in the upcoming high school musical production of “Into the Woods.” In addition, Barker reached the final round of the adjudication process for the National YoungArts 2020 competition and, last summer, was accepted into the Interlochen Vocal Artist summer program.