Summit eighth grader selected for OMEA Honor Band

Summit eighth grader selected for OMEA Honor Band

Irene Calderon

Eighth grader Irene Calderon from The Summit Country Day School is the new third chair flutist for the Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) Honor Band.

Irene underwent the OMEA’s audition process to earn her third chair seat by competing against flutists from across the Greater Cincinnati area. To be invited to audition, she had to be nominated by The Summit’s Middle School band director and teacher Robert Browning. The Honor Band’s audition required her to play one scale from memory, a selection of provided music and sight read a short excerpt. During the first week of January, Irene will spend much of her time rehearsing with her fellow band members. The program will culminate with a performance on Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. at Princeton High School.

Irene, while a member of The Summit’s band, is also a member of the Jr. Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (Jr. CYWE). The group is comprised of the top young musicians in the Cincinnati area in grades six through eight, and must commit themselves to ensemble practices once a week and two full-band concerts. During rehearsals, musicians in the ensemble work with student interns in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Music Education Division for additional instruction.