GENEVA – Ann Green, a Geneva High School junior, was recently named to the National High School Flute Choir, one of only 18 flute players across the country.
“I was ecstatic,” Green said. “It’s pretty exciting. For a while, I didn’t know if I could go into music. But after something like this, maybe I could actually have a shot at being successful doing it.”
Green and her family will travel to Las Vegas, where Green will rehearse with the other students. She will perform as part of the choir at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at the National Flute Association Convention in Caesar’s Palace.
She started playing the recorder in school and then tried both clarinet and flute in fifth grade.
“I couldn’t get anything out of the clarinet,” she said. “But I got something out of the flute. My sister played the flute so she basically taught me how to play.”
Her piano accompanist, Rachel Maley of Imedia Recording in St. Charles, and her private flute teacher, Lynee Green, both helped her prepare to enter the competition. Geneva’s band director, Pat Frederick, also played a role.
“I would be nowhere without my flute teacher,” Green said.
Her parents were thrilled for their daughter after finding out about Ann’s honor.
“It makes me very proud of her and I really admire her for her hard work,” said Lisa Green, Ann’s mother. “She puts a lot of time and effort into playing her flute.”
“All of Ann’s music teachers and fellow music students at Geneva High School are extremely proud of Ann for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Geneva High School band director Pat Frederick. “Obviously, this level of success does not come without an incredible amount of hard work, along with a great deal of support from home.”
• Mike Van Der Harst is the features editor of the Kane County Chronicle. “The Second Row” will feature coverage of arts and entertainment events throughout the area. Contact him at 630-845-5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MikeVDH1.