Newark High School senior Anisha Stallworth recently hit a high note in her musical career — she was selected to perform in an eastern honors ensemble by the National Association for Music Education.
Vocal music teacher Kate Flock said this selection is an honor for Stallworth and NHS. Stallworth will perform with the NAfME ensemble in Pittsburgh.
“Anisha is the first person since I’ve been teaching at the high school to make conference all-state, and it’s doubly wonderful for her to be going to the NAfME All-Eastern next April,” said Flock, who is in her third year of teaching at NHS. “It shows how all of her hard work as a musician has paid off.”
Dave Schwind, former music supervisor for Newark Central School District and NHS instrumental music teacher, said he remembers maybe five students who qualified for NAfME All-Eastern in either instrumental or vocal music during his 30-year tenure.
“It’s a tremendous achievement,” he said. “It’s a really big deal.”
Schwind, who retired in 2016, is working as a long-term substitute this year, filling in for Rebekah Valerio while she is on maternity leave.
“Anisha’s musical achievements are certainly something to be proud of,” said Cindy Briggs, who leads the district’s music department. “Her participation in many NCSD groups, all-counties, area all-states and selection into all-state this year are tremendous honors. The final selection into All-Eastern is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and certainly something that she will remember for a very long time. The Newark Music Department is very proud of Anisha and her hard work, and knows she will do an amazing job representing our school district.”
Stallworth qualified to apply for the 2019 NAfME All-Eastern honors ensembles after she was selected to join this year’s New York State School Music Association Conference All-State at the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center in Rochester. She won that distinction after receiving a perfect 100 score for her alto solo of “Do Not Go My Love” by Richard Hageman at the NYSSMA Solo Festival in May, hosted by Wayne Central High School.
Stallworth said she is humbled and thrilled by her achievements.
“It’s a big honor,’’ she said. “I honestly did not expect this to come from the little solo I did last May.”
Stallworth hopes to someday be on Broadway and inspire other young musicians. She is a member of NHS Vocal Jazz, Chamber Choir and Downbeat; participates in NHS musicals and dramatic performances; and has been in all-county chorus, area all-state and the NYSSMA Solo Festival. She hopes to major in musical theater at Pace University or Purchase College.