Seniors from the Central High School District have been selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association All-State Music Festival.
· Tara Fusillo (*two-time participant), String Ensemble – Viola (Kennedy High School, teacher – Robert Salzer)
· Jordan Novak, Vocal Jazz Ensemble – Alto (Calhoun High School, teacher – Sanford Sardo)
· Jack Parr, Mixed Chorus – Tenor 2 (Calhoun High School, teacher – Sanford Sardo)
· Jessica Sarubbi – Vocal Alternate (Kennedy High School, teacher – Jeanette Pincus)
The All State Performance Ensembles are honors groups comprised of the top students from school music departments across the state. To be considered, students must receive a certain high score on their NYSSMA solo performance as well as receive a nomination by their teacher.
“This year, the COVID-related cancellation of the 2019 NYSSMA adjudications made the process a little more complex,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of the fine & performing arts. “Since no festivals took place this past spring, students were evaluated based on their tenth-grade scores. The high level of playing these students achieved at such an early point in their high school career is truly remarkable.”
While the usual in-person concert and winter conference will not be taking place, students will be participating in a professionally produced virtual performance.