Shelton student guitarist will perform in Nashville

Michaela Coppola, who attends Shelton High School and the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, will perform at an upcoming concert in Nashville.

Michaela, 16, has been selected as a member of the All-National Honor Ensembles, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). A junior, she plays the guitar and specializes in jazz music.

She will join more than 670 other high school students from across the United States to perform at an Oct. 30 gala concert at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel’s Presidential Ballroom in Nashville.

“I am honored to have been selected as the jazz ensemble guitarist for this year’s concert,” said Michaela, who is daughter of Michael and Diane Coppola.

Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

Four ensembles

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles consists of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble.

The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have about 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus will have about 350 vocalists.

The students will perform under the direction of four conductors — Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth and Rodney Whitaker.

Promoting music education

The National Association for Music Education is among the world’s largest arts education organizations.

For more than a century, the association has advocated at the local, state and national levels; provided resources for teachers, parents and administrators; hosted professional development events; and offered a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.