Avondale High School Student Selected for All-National Honor Ensemble

Senior Kevin Cornwell II only Student from Michigan Chosen for Elite Group

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has announced 281 high school vocalists from across the country selected to the prestigious All-National Honors Mixed Choir. The elite group of performers includes only one student from the state of Michigan, Avondale High School senior, Kevin Cornwell II. Kevin will travel to Orlando, Florida in November to perform with the choir at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. 

School photo of Kevin Cornwell

Kevin Cornwell

In addition to the Honors Mixed Choir, NAfME also assembles the best of the best high school instrumental music students as a Concert Band, a Symphony Orchestra, and a Jazz Ensemble that will also perform in November. In total, 608 students were chosen for the 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles. The students not only have the privilege of singing and playing with some of the most talented high school performers in the country but also to be directed by renowned conductors and directors. Kevin, for instance, will be singing under the direction of renowned choral music composer and conductor, Z. Randall Stroope who has published more than 165 musical works.  

To be considered for the Honors Mixed Choir, Kevin had to have been a member of the State Honors Choir and an All-State Honors Choir. In addition, students are required to maintain a high level of involvement in their school’s Music Department. To that end, Kevin participated in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association District and State Solo and Ensemble festivals for the past two years, along with participating in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s District and State Solo and Ensemble as a band student, receiving 1st Division and Superior ratings for his performances. Kevin is also a drum major in the Avondale High Yellow Jacket Marching Band and supports the departments’ efforts toward continued growth to the benefit of all students by acting as an ambassador for the importance of strong Arts programs.  

“This is such a great opportunity for Kevin, and well-deserved,” said Avondale High School Principal, Sharon Hyde. “He is an example of how involvement in performing Arts can translate into opportunities for growth beyond the classroom,” she continued, adding that she is proud of how his hard work and commitment have paid off.  

After graduating high school next spring, Kevin plans to study vocal music and composing, attending a college that will support him on his path to become a composer for choral, band, or orchestra music.


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