Two Students Honored As All-State Musicians

Two Students Honored As All-State Musicians
Posted on 03/23/2021


Old Saybrook High Senior Alice Pond (Soprano) and Freshman Ella Brady (Soprano) were selected by the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) as 2021 All-State Musicians.

To be recognized as an All-State musician by the CMEA, a student must first audition and be accepted into the Southern Region festival. This process includes performing a classical Italian aria along with a sight-reading assessment. Once accepted into a regional festival, the student can then choose to audition for All-State recognition by singing their part of a major work along with a recording that omits their section of the piece. This year’s selection was Vivaldi’s Gloria.  

According to Old Saybrook High Choral Music Director Jeremy Milton, only around 50 sopranos are accepted into the All-State choir in a given year. Regarding Old Saybrook’s two honorees, he stated, “Both Alice and Ella are extremely dedicated musicians that succeed because of perseverance and determination. Alice has been involved in several honor choirs and is a true leader in the choirs at Old Saybrook High School. Her voice and overall musical aptitude will serve her well in any musical endeavor she undertakes after graduation. Ella has been accepted into middle school honor festivals in the past and was very enthusiastic about auditioning at the high school level. She is a rising star and I'm very excited to see what she is able to achieve over the next three years and beyond.”

For more information about the Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Festival, please visit their website at

Alice Pond
Senior Alice Pond - CMEA All-State Vocalist

Ella Brady
Freshman Ella Brady - CMEA All-State Vocalist