Margaret Mescall has been named as the first student in the 46-year history of Nashoba Tech to be named to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s (MMEA) Eastern District Senior Festival.
Mescall was one of 37 accepted student musicians out of 128 applicants from around the greater Boston area.
“It feels so amazing,” said Maggie, a junior from Chelmsford. “I
didn’t think it went that well at the audition, but that was probably
partially nerves. I was setting myself up in case I didn’t get in. I
didn’t want to get my hopes up.”
To earn her selection, Maggie, a soprano, had to first perform the scale, then do a sight-reading, in which she had to sing eight measures of random songs, with just 30 seconds to look them over.
Finally, she had to sing a minute-long solo from “My Heart Is Offered Still to You,” a choral work from the 16th century, in a room by herself with an anonymous judge watching and listening. The students were judged on melodic and rhythmic accuracy.
“The good part about it,” Maggie said, “is that no one was there that I could see. I was just in a room by myself, and I sung from my heart. It was like no one was there to judge you, even though there was.”
A rehearsal will take place on Jan. 8 at the Boston Latin School and the Festival will take place on Jan. 9.