EDISON – Milika Griffiths of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison, was overcome with elation when she found out that she was selected to perform at the 2011 Chicago ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) National Conference entitled, “Voices in the Wind” in Chicago from March 9 to 12.
Griffiths reported that 1,200 female singers auditioned for the coveted honor, while only 300 qualified to perform. She also placed third in the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) All-State and was therefore accepted into the National Association for Music Association (MENC) All-Eastern Honors Ensemble at the Carl Murphy Performing Arts Center at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, but she will take her place in the spotlight in Chicago this spring.
“I was shocked when I found out,” she said, adding that she was nursing a cold during her auditions and therefore not very optimistic that she would have the chance to perform at the convention. Now, Griffiths will showcase her talent by singing several classical selections at the event, while attending other concerts, interest sessions, exhibitions and networking opportunities.
Sharon Byrne, one of Griffiths’s music teachers, said, “Milika is one of those students who will always be remembered by her teachers. Her musical expression and technique are phenomenal and come naturally to her. I have had the pleasure of observing her musicianship blossom exponentially over the last year. She always puts forth her best effort while accepting any and all guidance with grace and competence. We at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School are in awe of Milika’s talent and her willingness to share her passion for music with our school community and are so proud of her accomplishments beyond the shadow of our doors.”
Looking forward, Griffiths hopes to work in the entertainment industry. Her mother, Lorna Griffiths, whom she said “has always instilled confidence in her and been her greatest support system,” encourages her to follow that dream. Griffiths, who will graduate Wardlaw-Hartridge next spring, would like to attend a performing arts conservatory and pursue studies in music theory and/or choral direction.
Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School
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