Whitesboro High School senior Danielle Hughes can officially call herself one of the most talented high school vocalists in the country.
During the week of April 5-8, Hughes performed with the 2017 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Mixed Chorus in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The chorus is made up of the highest-rated high school vocalists on the East Coast.
The honor is particularly special because Hughes is the first vocalist from Whitesboro High School to be selected to attend the NAfME All-Eastern Division Conference in more than 15 years. The most recent Whitesboro student to attend the conference was Brian Gadbow, who played the cello in the All-Eastern Orchestra in 2014.
At the NAfME All-Eastern Division Conference, Hughes performed under the direction of Dr. Tim Seelig. Dr. Seelig, who is from San Francisco, is an accomplished vocalist, choral director and author of several books on vocal technique and choral directing.
“Dr. Seelig led the All-Eastern Mixed Chorus in an incredibly moving performance, bringing the audience to both tears and laughter,” said Mrs. DePalma, high school music teacher. “The performance was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Danielle, and the Whitesboro community has been blessed by her talent.”
Last December, Hughes and fellow senior Alexis Gordon, performed at the New York State School Music Association’s Winter Conference.