skip to main content

FHS Senior Noelle Buice Named to 2018 All-National Honor Chorus

Photo of Laura Buice

Noelle Buice

Buice will perform in Orlando in November with National Association for Music Education Mixed Chorus

Fairfax High School Senior Noelle Buice has been named to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Chorus. Buice is one of only 13 students in the state to earn the national achievement.  The group will perform at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in November with national winners from jazz, guitar, symphony orchestra and concert band.

Buice is a member of the Fairfax Fame Show Choir and A Capella Singers under choral director Luke Frels.  At FHS, she initiated and led an extracurricular A Capella group, “Rebel Trebles” and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. As a student of the Nancy McArthur Smith Studio, Noelle won 2nd, 3rd or honorable mention from 2015-2018 at Regional NATS competitions in the musical theatre and classical categories. As a sophomore, she also starred as the Ladybug in Alliance Theatre’s “James and the Giant Peach.”

The All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a jazz ensemble, mixed choir, guitar ensemble (new this year), symphony orchestra, and concert band. Students were chosen through an audition process. The jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 240 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 47 guitarists, the symphony orchestra 122 instrumentalists and the concert band 121 instrumentalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

Selected students will be rehearsing in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble); Dr. Amanda Quist (Mixed Choir); Dr. Michael Quantz (Guitar Ensemble); Dr. Jean Montès (Symphony Orchestra); and Dennis Glocke (Concert Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.

Names, schools and states, as well as music directors, of the 550 2018 All-National Honor Ensemble students are available on the ANHE website:

Fairfax Academy Celebrates Chuseok

FHS Principal Erin Lenart and Academy students celebrating Chuseok

FHS Principal Erin Lenart and Academy students celebrating Chuseok

Fairfax Academy students celebrated Chuseok, a harvest festival and Thanksgiving in Korea, in class this week. The celebration included making and eating Hoddeok, a filled Korean pancake; dancing to K-Pop music, and playing games. Students in levels 1-4, representing 23 different FCPS schools, took part in the celebration.

Five Fairfax High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Students Join Less than One Percent of U.S. High School Seniors

Five Fairfax High School students, Isabelle Deadman, Evan Moore, Leo Ouyang, Sophia Rice, and Emily Sheng were named National Merit Semifinalists. The students are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $31 million, to be awarded in spring 2019.

Approximately 16,000 high school seniors were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2019. More than 1.6 million juniors entered the 2019 National Merit program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as the initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.These determinations are made by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in 2019:  National Merit $2,500 scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and college-sponsored scholarships.

Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in spring 2019.

The City of Fairfax Schools strives to make our website accessible to all. If you are having difficulties, please call our office at 703-385-7911 or send an email to

© 2018 City of Fairfax Schools