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ECHHS Musician Honored Nationally

East Chapel Hill High School (ECHHS) senior, Megan Talikoff, has been selected to play clarinet with the National Association for Music Educators All-National Honors Orchestra. To qualify for this prestigious event, Talikoff first qualified for the Regional, and then the All State Ensemble, before becoming eligible to audition for the All-National Orchestra. 

Talikoff is the first ever student from ECHHS to be selected to an All-National Honors Ensemble and is one of only four student clarinetists selected from across the United States to perform in the 2020 ensemble

ECHHS Director of Bands and Orchestras, Ryan Ellefsen, said, “Without a doubt, Megan arrived at East in ninth grade with a great deal of talent, but so do a lot of students. Over the last four years, I have had the privilege to watch her develop this talent through hard work and effort. You'd never know it, because she is not one to brag, but she truly deserves this recognition. Megan has taken that talent and cultivated it, which is why she has earned her seat as one of the finest musicians in the country.”

Talikoff said, “I know so many good high school clarinetists in the Triangle area alone that I think I'm extremely lucky to have been accepted, but I do feel like I should acknowledge that I owe all of my tiny clarinet successes, like this one, to my wonderful extracurricular instructor, Professor Oehler. I'm also very grateful that I've been able to spend the past four years in the overwhelmingly positive, productive, close-knit community that is Mr. E's band program at East. Everyone should join band!”

The 2020 NAfME All-National Honors Ensemble was originally scheduled to perform in November in Orlando, Florida, but the event was rescheduled as a series of virtual performances January 7-9. After several rehearsals with the 2020 conductors and workshops with acclaimed musicians, each ensemble will create and record a final performance online.