Five IUSD students picked for national ensembles, will perform at the Grand Ole Opry


Five IUSD high schoolers have been selected to perform at the venerable Grand Ole Opry in Nashville as members of the 2014 National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles.

Melissa Chang of University High School and Ryan Lim of Northwood High were both selected to join the NAfME All-National Honor Concert Band, while Grace Gee of Woodbridge High School and Northwood’s Claire Lee and Michael Suh earned spots on the NAfME All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra.

In fact, Irvine is sending the most participants to Nashville from any district in the state, according to Brad Van Patten, IUSD’s coordinator of visual and performing arts.

“I would like to thank the teachers from our music program for encouraging Irvine’s finest young music students to successfully audition for these high-profile national ensembles,” he said.

The ensembles will perform on Oct. 29 at the Opry as part of the NAfME National In-Service Conference. You can find more information here.