Oliver Ades, 16, a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, was selected as a member of the 2013 All-National Honor Chorus sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.
He joined more than 670 high school students from across the U.S. on Oct. 27-30 in Nashville, Tenn., for three days of music education culminating in a concert at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
Oliver is the first Whitman student ever selected for the chorus.
“After singing in the state and county choruses for a few years, starting an a capella quartet with friends and joining another singing group, I thought, ‘Why not give it a try?’” Oliver said in a news release.
For his audition, he sang “Danny Boy” which, he said, he recorded a capella on his smartphone.
Rollo Dilworth, professor of choral music education at Temple University, led the choral students.
“It was awesome,” Oliver said. “The experience with Rollo took me to a higher level of musical understanding and performance. I would love to be invited back.”