STEVENSVILLE — Eliana Ranelli is a 7th grade band student at Stevensville Middle School and has been selected as this week’s Performing Arts Teen of the Week by STMS Choral Director Reanna Sherman, after her recent acceptance into the Maryland Music Educators Association All-State Junior Chorus.
“I am super proud of her,” Sherman said.
Eliana was the only Queen Anne’s County student selected for the elite 67-member ensemble of 7th, 8th and 9th grade musicians from across Maryland.
To be considered for All-State honors requires considerable commitment and practice. Applicants must prepare an unedited, recorded performance of two required vocal selections for adjudication.
To prepare, Eliana received virtual coaching from Sherman before submitting a “mock audition” video in mid-October. After receiving constructive feedback from adjudicators, she practiced for several more weeks before recording and submitting her final audition by the mid-November deadline.
Eliana’s previous vocal experience includes two years as a member of the Church Circle Choristers of St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis under the direction of Elissa Edwards, with whom she had the honor of performing in the 2019 Sacred Music Festival at the Washington National Cathedral. She participated in the 2020 Peabody Summer Vocal Academy and recently made her theatrical debut in the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis virtual production of “Super Happy Awesome News.”
Eliana said she feels excited to be recognized for doing something she enjoys.
“Music, particularly singing,” Eliana said, “is fun and a great way to express myself. I like to talk, sing and make noise and singing is a great way to channel my ’noisy energy’ and communicate to others through music.”
In addition to being a vocalist, Eliana is a percussionist in the STMS concert band and plays piano and vibraphone in the STMS jazz band. Aside from her musical pursuits, Eliana is very dedicated academically and is also interested in architecture, engineering, mythology, ancient history, baseball, photography, art and reading.