Students earn Eastern Regional honors


Ten choral students and four instrumental students from Norwich Free Academy were recently selected for the Eastern Regional High School Festival by the Connecticut Music Educators Association.

Choral students honored include Ericka Alfred ‘21, Cynthia Deneus ‘22, Jeremy Fralin ‘21, Angela Gomes ‘21, Joshua Matthews ‘21, Isabella Morabito ‘21, Lily O’Neil ‘22, Naina Prakash ‘22, Chelsea Taylor ‘21 and Danielle Toppa ‘22. 

Instrumental students chosen include Jackson Bell ’22 (clarinet), Aidan O’Farrell ’22 (trumpet), Evan Parker ’24 (alto saxophone) and Niamh Smedley ’22 (bass clarinet).

While there is no in-person festival this year, the students were selected among the region’s best following a challenging virtual audition process. Receiving this honor now makes these students eligible to audition for all-state honors in the spring.