Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts New Members

Villa Maria’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society recognized officers and inducted twelve new members in an evening ceremony in the Marian Center on November 27.

The program began with a performance by the orchestra, which played the “Star Spangled Banner,” followed by “Footloose.” Tri-M president Rachel Chen gave an address, and officers Jillian Williamson, Katherine Kiester, Catherine Conroy, Star Bai, and Madison Girard introduced inductees and administered the Tri-M pledge while a slideshow displayed details about each inductee. After the pledge, the Madrigals performed “Rise Up in Festive Song.” (Download the slideshow.)

The guest speaker for the evening was pianist Dr. William Carr, Chair and Professor of Music at Immaculata University for 25 years, and Steinway Artist. Dr. Carr performed several pieces on the piano, and then spoke to the students about creativity and building the connections between music and daily life.

Dr. William Carr has degrees and certificates from Temple University, the Juilliard School, Catholic University, the Munich Conservatory, and the Liszt Conservatory. He has performed throughout the U.S. and in many European cities, including solo performances at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall Auditorium, and the main stage of the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

In the spring of 2006, Dr. William Carr was recognized by the Steinway Corporation as a Steinway Artist. Dr. Carr received a master’s degree in international relations/international business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and he has given corporate seminars on creativity to the schools of business at Columbia University, the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, and at the Wharton School as well as to over thirty Fortune 500 corporations both nationally and abroad.

Tri-M Music Honor Society recognizes secondary school music students for their accomplishments in music, academic excellence, school involvement and community service.  Villa Maria’s Tri-M Chapter 1227  is the primary sponsor of ALL music department activities.  All concerts and musical services on campus are sponsored by our chapter. Villa Maria’s Chapter 1227 has garnered numerous state and international awards for their outstanding service to school and community.

Students are eligible for consideration for Tri-M as juniors and seniors. Candidates for the student membership in Tri-M International Music Honor Society are selected by fulfilling the following requirements.

  • Only juniors or seniors who have been responsible members of a school-sponsored music ensemble for at least one school calendar year prior to the year of induction are eligible.
  • Students must exhibit exemplary rehearsal conduct and attendance in school ensembles, be present at all concerts, and exhibit a good attitude toward teachers and fellow students.
  • Only students who study music privately on a weekly basis will be considered.
  • Candidates must have maintained a grade of “A” in music (or the equivalent grade from an outside teacher) for the year prior to induction, be in good standing in other academic subjects, and have a conduct grade no lower than Needs Improvement (N) for 90 days prior to induction.