Ellen Howell (left) embraces Town Councilwoman Andra Benson June 19 after receiving a certificate from the Town Board for performing in the All Eastern Honors Ensemble this spring.

Ellen Howell (left) embraces Town Councilwoman Andra Benson June 19 after receiving a certificate from the Town Board for performing in the All Eastern Honors Ensemble this spring.

 

The Lansing Town Council honored Lansing High School senior Ellen Howell June 19 for her recent musical accolades that she received back in April.

“Ellen Howell has invested considerable time and talent in perfecting her ability and interpretive style in vocal performances,” Town Councilwoman Andra Benson said while reading the resolution out loud.

Howell was named to the National Association for Music Ensemble All Eastern Honors Ensemble, which is a biennial event held back in early April that features junior and senior high school students from 11 Northeastern states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont) the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense School in Europe.

Students are selected based on their New York State School Music Education (NYSSMA) solo rating, teacher recommendation, adjudicator recommendation, NYSSMA zone representation, school ensemble participation as well as participation in other performing organizations.

Howell performed in the Treble Voice Chorus concert on April 7 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA. The choir was directed by Sandra Snow, professor of Choral Conducting and Music Education at Michigan State University.

“Being selected for a Conference All State Ensemble is the highest state honor in a New York high school musician can receive,” Benson read.

“The Town Board of the Town of Lansing has hereby resolved that the Lansing Town Board recognizes Ellen Howell for her amazing musical achievements and presents this certificate of signifying the Town’s pride in her accomplishment.”

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