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30 Chelmsford Student Musicians to Perform for the 2020 Massachusetts Music Educators Association Northeast District Junior Music Festival

This year, many of Chelmsford’s band, chorus, and orchestra students have worked diligently with their ensemble and private lesson teachers to prepare for state-level music events, including the MMEA’s Northeast District Junior District Festival. The talent and drive of these students is consistently demonstrated through the sheer numbers of students who are accepted each year, and this year has produced another crop of successful auditions!


After auditions of approximately 1,000 students from more than 95 public and private schools held on February 1, students from grades seven through nine were selected to participate in the prestigious Massachusetts Music Educators Association Northeastern Junior District Festival. The program is offered by the MMEA as an enrichment opportunity providing a musical experience to dedicated young musicians. The students were selected to perform in the Junior District Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Girls Chorus, and Boys Chorus.  They will rehearse with guest conductors and then perform in a concert to be held at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield, MA on March 28.


This year, 30 students from Chelmsford High School, McCarthy Middle School and Parker Middle School in Chelmsford have been selected to participate in the MMEA Northeast Junior District Festival!


Students Representing the Chelmsford Public Schools in the MMEA Junior District Festivals will be:


Sarah Buliszak, CHS Band^

Robert Cunningham, CHS Band

Kenneth Damon, CHS Band+

Jack Dorsey, CHS Band*+

Jamie Garber, CHS Band

Brian Miller, CHS Band

Rachel O’Brien, CHS Band

Bennett Prees, CHS Band

Sarah Roch, CHS Band

Hope Zhao, CHS Band

Cailin Deutschmann, McCarthy Chorus

Marcus Larkin, McCarthy Band

Carter Lindberg, McCarthy Band

Christina Miller, McCarthy Band

Zeba Mohid, McCarthy Chorus

Lindsay Monke, McCarthy Chorus

Joshua Moore, McCarthy Band

Jack Tallent, McCarthy Band

Amanda Wang, McCarthy Band+

Elija Colbert, Parker Chorus

Jessica Jerusal, Parker Chorus

Cynthia Lu, Parker Orchestra

Shreya Madhu, Parker Chorus

Norah Nolan, Parker Chorus

Kyle Pinto, Parker Band

Alessia Rosa, Parker Chorus

Ryan Spooner, Parker Band

Kaylee Thompson, Parker Chorus

Isabella Travers, Parker Chorus

Keya Upadhyay, Parker Band


*Denotes Junior District Jazz Band

+ Denotes First Chair Position

^Denotes Band Student Selected for Junior District Symphony Orchestra  


The middle and high school ensemble directors work diligently to facilitate their students’ auditions and develop their musical skills and knowledge. These directors are:


Matthew Sexauer, CHS Band

Amanda Roeder, CHS Chorus

Kate Comeau, CHS Orchestra
Sean Wright, McCarthy Band

Jodi Richardson, McCarthy Chorus

Susan Slocum, McCarthy Orchestra

Eric Linsner, Parker Band

Jon Abrams, Parker Chorus

Lisa Tiano, Parker Orchestra


Special thanks to Chelmsford Friends of Music; this organization generously covers registration fees of students participating in the Junior District Festival.


For more information, please contact Christina Whittlesey, Fine and Performing Arts Department Coordinator, at