Singer Earns National Recognition

RHS senior Lily Andrew has been selected to sing in Nashville with a prestigious choir.

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Singer Earns National Recognition

Sarah Lovejoy

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Lily Andrew, a senior student-director for chamber choir, is traveling to Nashville this week to sing as part of a nationally-compiled choir.

The National Association of Music Educators 2015 National Honor Ensembles will be meeting for three days of clinics and rehearsals where students selected from across the nation will have an incredible opportunity to refine their skills and grow as singers.

Lily auditioned for the program last spring and was notified of her acceptance over the summer.

“Even if I hadn’t gotten in, the audition would still have given me experience and let me know what I needed to work on,” Lily said. “None of this would be possible without [Spiess]. I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m confident that future RHS singers will too.”

Mr. Shawn Spiess, Rocklin High’s choir teacher, gave terrific support and preparation to Lily in order to make the trip a reality.

Robert Goodwin, another senior at RHS, was also accepted into the program although he will be unable to attend.

The three-day event will culminate in a command performance at the Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Lily is excited for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I love singing in choirs, especially honor choirs, because I get the opportunity to be around really talented people who help me to grow as a musician. Since there will be attendees from all over the US, I hope I’ll get to meet some new people. I’m also excited to work with the director because I’ve been taught something valuable from each director I’ve worked with,” Lily said.