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    • In the photo above, Lily Meyers ’20, Kieran Anderson ’18, Owen Rahr ’18, Kenny Lu ’19, and Katie Broun ’19 (L-R), represent Hopkins at CMEA regionals as members of the mixed choir.

Musicians Attend CMEA Regional Festival

Katherine Takoudes ’20 Assistant Arts Editor
On Saturday, January 13, twenty-eight Hopkins instrumentalists and vocalists participated in this year’s Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Southern Regional Festival.
This is the largest group that Hopkins has ever sent to Regionals. High-school musicians prepared a piece selected by CMEA, auditioned in November 2017, and were chosen to participate in a two-day festival and concert in January 2018. At the concert, the twenty-eight Hilltoppers represented the Hopkins music program in the treble choir, mixed choir, band, and orchestra.

The festival showcased the cumulative work of high-school musicians all over southern Connecticut. “I performed in the treble choir and I really enjoyed it,” said Lucy Panagos ’20. “Everyone was very focused, determined, and welcoming.” Cellist and member of the orchestra Kyle Shin ’20 agreed: “Although practicing for over seven hours together was hard work, it was worth it to put on a great performance.” Katie Broun ’19 said, “One of the best parts of regionals this year was meeting other students from all of southern Connecticut who also love to sing. As a member of the mixed choir, I loved creating a beautiful sound with such interesting and lively people I had only met hours before.”
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