North High musician selected for All-Eastern Honors Band

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Omeed Tartak is photographed with Joseph Rutkowski, his instrumental music teacher at North High School. (Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Public Schools)
Omeed Tartak is photographed with Joseph Rutkowski, his instrumental music teacher at North High School. (Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Public Schools)

North High School musician Omeed Tartak has been selected play the euphonium in the 2019 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Band. The Eastern Division Honors Ensemble Festival, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), will be held in Pittsburg in April.

At North High, Omeed is a member of the Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society. This past November, Omeed played the euphonium as a member of the 2018 NAfME All-National Honor Concert Band. In previous years, Omeed has performed with the NYSSMA All-State Wind Ensemble and the All-County Band.

The Eastern Division Honors Ensemble Festival will feature the top musicians from Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Europe. With assistance from Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music director at North High, Omeed has been preparing several challenging music selections to be performed under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event.

The NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble chorus, and jazz ensemble. Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division oversee the selection process in their state during the fall and recommend juniors and seniors for consideration.

NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations and addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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