SPRINGS, Pa. — Brody Thomas, a recent graduate of Salisbury-Elk Lick High School, will be one of 330 people to perform in one of the National Honor Ensembles of the National Association for Music Education on Sunday in Washington. Thomas was selected as a 2011 member of the All-National Mixed Choir, performing bass under the direction of Elena Sharkova.
Thomas is no newcomer to music. He has attended several music festivals through the Pennsylvania Music Education Association, and has also participated in County Band; County, District and Regional Orchestra; and County, Regional, District and State Chorus. Thomas has placed in first chair at the State’s Honor Choir for the past two years and, in March, attended the All-East Music Choir in Baltimore with choir representatives from 13 states. Aside from singing, Thomas plays piano, cello, guitar, ukulele, trombone, saxophone and percussion.
In addition to choir, MENC offers ensembles in concert band, orchestra and jazz band — all of which will be showcased in D.C.
MENC, which began in 1907, is one of the world’s “largest arts education organizations,” according to its website, that “addresses all aspects of music education.”
“We are very pleased to offer this unique performance opportunity to a very select group of our nation’s finest high school musicians,” said David Weatherred, MENC Northwest Division past president and chair of the All-National Honor Ensembles. “Over the course of four days, these top-flight musicians will rehearse with marvelous and inspirational conductors, leading up to an exceptional finale performance on June 26. The 2011 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles will most surely be a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience for these incredible high school musicians.”
Thomas is the son of Kenneth and Amy Jo Thomas of Springs. He attends Springs Mennonite Church, where he is a member of the worship team and a youth cabinet member of the Allegheny Mennonite Conference. He is currently a camp counselor and a worship music leader for the summer at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center. He plans to attend Goshen Mennonite College in Indiana and major in music education.