GROTON — Andrew Cartier, a junior at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School in Groton, was selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Mixed Chorus sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He joined more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on Oct. 30, in Nashville, Tenn.

These exceptional students prepared challenging music that they performed under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth and Rodney Whitaker.

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of the National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra each had approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble had 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus had approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

The 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles performed for an audience of thousands on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville. For information visit