The Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Chapter 2172 of the Tri-M Music Honor Society hosted its seventh annual honors recital and induction on April 9. Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Principal Dr. Matthew Murphy welcomed guests and was followed by a recital of six instrumental and vocal performances by students, including pieces by César Franck, George Gershwin and John Lennon.
Director of Music and Fine Arts Michael Caravello thanked parents for supporting and nurturing their children’s music education. “Musicians like the ones here know that being a true musician requires a person to see an end result and work backwards,” he said. “It requires them to analyze, evaluate and to problem solve. They are able to take difficult musical concepts and break them down into smaller components. These skills will not only prepare them for college and global competitiveness, but will also prepare them for whatever they choose to do for the rest of their lives.”
Family members looked on as continuing members were recognized and new inductees were honored for their efforts. Requirements needed to become a member of Tri-M are based on the society’s five points of distinction: scholarship, character, cooperation, leadership and service. The induction marks an individual’s successful completion of a term of candidacy.
“A Tri-M member is one who sets a good example, is always willing to assist those students who are striving to better themselves in the music department, and is always one who remembers that it is a real honor to carry these responsibilities,” said Tri-M adviser Christine Creighton.
“To the graduating seniors – always remember that music is about sharing with friends and family,” said Caravello. “All of you represent what hard work, self-discipline and a lot of practice can do.”