Kent’s All-State All-Stars


Lindsey Cho, Campus Reporter

On March 31st, anxious and excited, six of Kent’s talented musicians traveled to Hartford to participate in the CMEA All State Festival. Each student who had made it through the competitive audition got the honor to play with other skilled musicians from across the state. 

There were about 550 musicians in all who attended from different schools in Connecticut, so it was a thrilling moment for many. Not only was the performance an awesome aspect of the festival, the festival provided a chance for the six musicians to learn from each other and professional and competent conductors and improve upon their skills.

CMEA, short for Connecticut Music Educators Association, is the official association which coordinates the state regional festival. CMEA held its first meeting in 1932 in Hartford with 114 people, and it held its first all-state festival on April 18, 1936 at the Connecticut State College in Storrs. The association strives to improve music education by fostering cooperation and sociality as well. 

Ms. Pendal, who has been working in the music department for about 20 years, has seen kids audition for All-States each year. She and the other teachers view this program not only as a “wonderful goal for students to work towards,” but also says that “the experience of making music (and new friends) with other talented musicians from around the state is always an enriching experience. They can dig deeper into their true musical passions.  The opportunity for Kent students to perform with world class guest conductors gives new musical insight to Kent School students.” 

This year’s festival is the 75th to which Kent school has sent students. This experience highlights how Kent is very supportive and encouraging of students who want to challenge themselves to a greater level. Kent, especially the music department, is very proud of these students for their accomplishments and hard work despite pandemic times when it is quite difficult to stay motivated. 

From early morning rehearsals to late night activities, there was no time to waste during the day. This tightly packed schedule inspired enthusiasm and ardor in each and every performer so that they would perform to the best of their abilities.