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McLean Musician Picked As YoungArts Finalist

245mcleanmusicJoe Broom of McLean, a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology, is a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Music. Chosen from approximately 10,000 applications submitted by students, he will participate in the National YoungArts Foundation’s 32nd annual YoungArts Week. He is the first TJHSST student to be selected as a YoungArts finalist.

This year, during YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida, from Jan. 6 – 12, Broom will join 151 other finalists in a week of intense master classes with internationally renowned artists such as Marisa Tomei, Bobby McFerrin, and Bill T. Jones.

In 2012, Broom won a seat in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program – the only euphonium player in the fellowship’s 32-year history. He was a finalist in the 2012 U.S. Navy Band High School Concerto Competition, and he performed with the band at a Memorial Day concert. As a freshman, he was principal euphonium of the All-Virginia High School Band and he won the Friday Morning Music Club’s Ross-Roberts Competition for High School Players. He is a member of Brass of Peace, an intensive training and performance program for gifted high school students, which performed at the Kennedy Center.