On November 18, over 1100 music students from public and private schools across the Northeastern part of Massachusetts auditioned for the 2018 Northeast Senior District Music Ensembles. Out of this group, approximately 450 students from grades nine through twelve were selected to participate in this prestigious Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) event, 17 of which were from Chelmsford High School. These students will perform at a concert in Wakefield, MA on Saturday, January 13.

In addition to having these 17 students accepted into Senior Districts, students who received a score in the top 50% of their area were eligible to audition for the MMEA All-State Ensembles. This year, 10 band, chorus, and orchestra students received All-State recommendations!

“We are so proud of the commitment of the students who auditioned and were accepted into this festival. Students work for years to be able to perform and succeed at this level, and participating in this event is a real honor for them, as well as for our district as a whole, ” commented Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Christina Whittlesey.

The following CHS students have been selected to participate in the following Northeast Senior District Music Ensembles (students with All-State audition recommendations have an asterisk next to their names) :

Moira Andrews, CHS Band*
Chase Boles, CHS Chorus
Emily Bruce, CHS Band
Gina Castellano, CHS Chorus*
Lora Coggins, CHS Chorus
Melanie Foo, CHS Orchestra*
Kevin Hamilton, CHS Chorus*
Lily Hoyt, CHS Orchestra*
Erick Lee, CHS Band*
Andrea Loew, CHS Chorus
Taylor McCormick, CHS Orchestra
Krystal Qiao, CHS Orchestra
Edward Rigney, CHS Band
Delaney Schiefen, CHS Chorus*
Sam Segal, CHS Chorus*
Josh Timmins, CHS Chorus*
Elaine Tsui, CHS Orchestra*

The CPS Music Directors work diligently to develop students’ skills, and to facilitate student participation in the Senior District Festival.

The CHS Ensemble Directors are:
Kate Comeau, Orchestra
Amanda Roeder, Chorus
Matthew Sexauer, Band

Special thanks to the Chelmsford Friends of Music! This parent group covers registration costs for students accepted to the festival.

For more information on the Chelmsford Fine and Performing Arts Program, please contact Department Coordinator Christina Whittlesey at