Villa Maria’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society recognized officers and inducted fourteen new members in an evening ceremony in the Marian Center on November 7.
The program began with a performance by the orchestra, which played the “Star Spangled Banner,” followed by “God Bless America.” New members were sworn in, and current members were presented.
The guest speaker for the evening was violinist Rachel Segal, executive director of The Primavera Fund, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting diversity in classical music and providing training and resources for instruments for young, promising but financially challenged aspiring musicians.
Ms. Segal has been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and held posts in Europe with the Tampere Filharmonia in Finland and as Concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. She is the Concertmaster of the Central City Opera and began her career as Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony in Indiana. Ms. Segal is a member of the Fairmount String Quartet and the Media Lunas Argentine Tango Band, and performs regularly with the Philly Pops and as a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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.