A sophomore viola player in Fairfield Warde High School's orchestra has been named to an elite national high school orchestra and will perform later this month at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Ankit Anil is one of 69 musicians selected for the 2012 All-National Orchestra by the National Association for Music Education.

The only Fairfield County musician chosen, Anil will play with the orchestra on Sunday, June 24, at the Kennedy Center, the music-education group said in a news release.

"I am so proud of Ankit and all he is doing with music," Victoria Kuan, his orchestra teacher at Warde, said in the news release. "He is a musical leader: he works hard, takes constructive criticism well, inspires those around him to do better -- and he always has a positive outlook and attitude.

The All-National Orchestra performance at the Kennedy Center is part of the 2012 All-National Honor Ensembles, which includes 300 student musicians performing in four areas: Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra.

Anil started playing viola in the fourth grade at North Stratfield Elementary School, according to the release, and continued in the orchestras at Fairfield Woods Middle School and Warde.

He has been a member of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras since sixth grade and is currently assistant principal violist in its top orchestra with Christopher Hisey, formerly the GBYO string's coach and now its music director.

Anil also is a member of the Collegium Musicum, a string ensemble that performs regularly at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.

His private teachers include Ada Pasternak, Carrie Mascaro and Rita Porfiris at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music. He also studies violin with Teo Tetel.

Anil plans to attend the Aria International Music Academy at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., this summer.

"We are so fortunate to have him as part of our community at Fairfield Warde High School," Kuan said.

The National Association for Music Education established its National Honor Ensembles as the ultimate recognition of student performance, beyond state and divisional levels, the group said.

Each ensemble comprises "a very select group of our nation's finest high school musicians," said John Kuhner, chairman of the National Honor Ensembles Task Force.

Anil and his national colleagues will rehearse with conductors for four days before the Kennedy Center performance.