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Abigail Bernat to perform with the 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville

Abigail Bernat from Rifle High School has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Mixed Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Abigail will join 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 will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth, and Rodney Whitaker.

Abigail will be singing Alto in the Mixed Choir. Abigail has been a member of Colorado All State Choir and this year will represent the state of Colorado in Nashville.

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 will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have 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 will perform for an audience of thousands on Oct. 30 in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville. For program and ticket information please visit

National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Western Rockies Federal Credit Union offers classroom grants

Western Rockies Federal Credit Union announces the availability of grants for classroom projects and events that teach aspects of financial education. The grants range between $50 and $500. Classroom teachers from Mesa and Garfield County K-12 public, private and charter schools are eligible to apply.

Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 15. Applications are available at the Western Rockies Federal Credit Union North Avenue, Fruita, Clifton and Rifle branches. For more information, contact Deborah Scenters at 970-243-2434 or

Child Find for Garfield School District Re-2

Attention New Castle, Silt and Rifle parents. Do you have a child between the ages of birth to 5? Do you have questions about their development or their developmental milestones? If you do call Deb Ghan, Child Find coordinator, at 970-319-7644 or 970-665-6802.

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