The Tri-M Music Honor Society, the honor society for secondary school music students, announces the chartering of a new chapter at Salem High School in Salem, VA, under the leadership of Kristi Vernon and Chris Wilkes.
The formation of this chapter signifies the school’s recognition of the importance of the arts in the development of a comprehensive educational program. The Tri-M Music Honor Society provides a means of recognizing the efforts and achievements of music students who volunteer their time and share their musical talent with others. Since 1952, almost 5,000 Tri-M chapters have been chartered in the United States and abroad and current membership exceeds 50,000.
The goal of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is to foster greater interest in band, orchestra, and choral performance and to provide more opportunities for personal musical expression. Students are selected for membership in the honor society on the basis of musicianship, scholarship, character, leadership, and service to their school and community. The organization’s high standards serve to challenge students to greater effort and achievement and to encourage them in the pursuit of excellence.
In 1983, the Tri-M Music Honor Society became a program of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. MENC, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.
The members of the first Tri-M Music Honor Society at Salem High School are as follows:
Sarah Beamer, Ryan Carroll, Laura Clingenpeel, Sara Counts, Noah Galbreath, Seth Greer, Spnecer Halverson, Deborah Harvey, Isaac Heir, Eunjin Kim, Amy Kuhlmeier, Ashton Ledbetter, Thomas Legg, David Martin, Julie McKnew,, Zach Montgomery, Anthony Patuto, Paris Reinhard, Emily Rieflin, Carleigh Studtmann, Patricia Wertz, Nejai White, and Tayler Wilson.
Officers for 3013-14 are:
Ryan Carroll: President
Eunjin Kim: Vice President
Seth Greer: Secretary
Tayler Wilson: Treasurer
Emily Rieflin: Historian
Submitted by Kristi D.Vernon