An honor society focused on musical accomplishments will be starting its first year at AHS.

Tri-M, or Modern Music Masters, is an international honor society that recognizes students grades 9-12 for musical and academic achievements, as well as being leaders and serving their community. In order to join, students must fit the application requirements, have three teacher recommendations, and write a three- to four-page essay detailing why they want to join Tri-M and what they will contribute to it. Applications for this year were due Friday, November 8.

“I love music and I would love to be a part of a prestigious society like Tri-M,” said Katie Yu, a junior and member of the National Honor Society.

To be eligible for the AHS chapter of Tri-M, students must have participated in a musical ensemble last year, currently participate in an ensemble this year, have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6 in music-related classes and 3.0  overall. In addition, applicants must show that they give back to their community and are leaders.

Once accepted, members will be expected to complete 10 hours of community service, attend the monthly meetings, and participate in the induction ceremony that will take place later this year.  The dates for meetings and the types of community service have yet to be determined.

“I really am looking forward to this being a student-run organization, obviously with my help guiding them,” said Mr. Mercer, the faculty advisor of Tri-M. “But I want this to really be their decision on what community service projects they’re going to hold.”

The AHS chapter of Tri-M will be run by an executive board of student officers and supervised by Mr. Mercer, the choir teacher here at AHS. Executive positions include a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, public relations officer, and a representative each from band, orchestra, and chorus.

“This is something that is really going to connect a lot of the music students,” said Mr. Mercer. “We have been working towards [that]. But it’s not there yet. I think [Tri-M] is going to be a really good stepping stone for that.”

Mrs. Diehl, orchestra conductor for All Town Orchestra, agrees. She thinks Tri-M will bring with it “a lot of cross-pollination. Friends meeting new friends in other groups, which can only be a good thing.” She hopes that this will lead to the groups performing and doing out-of-school activities together more often.

Many musical students are thinking about, or know that they will be, applying for Tri-M for this year.

“I feel like I have a pretty good shot at it, and it should be a good experience,” said Charley Lei, a junior in the All Town Orchestra.

However, many students who are eligible to apply for Tri-M will not be applying, simply because they feel it is too much to ask students to write a 3-4 page application essay.

Even those not applying support the introduction of Tri-M to the school, saying it will definitely be a positive addition to the music department.

Amanda Kamlet, a sophomore in the mixed show choir, said that she thinks Tri-M will be a great thing for the music department, because it shows that the school is finally starting to recognize the music department more.

Dena Brody, a sophomore in the all girls show choir, said, “I think what is so special about Tri-M is the opportunity that it is giving to students who live for music and strive to be the best that they can be musically.”

By Emily Hilman