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Massapequa Observer - Schools

District Tops For NYSSMA All-State Concert Ensembles

Ten Massapequa High School student musicians were recognized for their talent at the state level and will perform in the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference All-State in Rochester, New York, Dec. 5-8. Massapequa is one of only three Nassau County districts selected to send 10 or more students to the All-State concerts.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students, staff and parents, coupled with the strength and quality of the music program in Massapequa, our students are being recognized at higher levels than ever before,” said Dr. David Gaines, Massapequa School District’s Curriculum Associate for Music, K-12. “We couldn’t be more proud of their achievements.”

The All-State students, their instrument or voice type, and the ensemble they will perform with are: Angelica Ansbacher, Bb clarinet, wind ensemble; Robert Catinella, string bass, string orchestra; Jennifer Enochs, soprano II, women’s chorus; Erin Kohler, soprano I, mixed chorus; Rebecca Martin, alto II, mixed chorus; Thomas Morse, tuba, wind ensemble; Ryan Schulte, oboe, wind ensemble; Taylor Scibilia, alto II, mixed chorus; Catherine Vedilago, French horn, symphony orchestra; Timothy Woods, bassoon, symphonic band.

The NYSSMA All-State process begins with a music educator, a student and an accompanist spending countless hours preparing for a NYSSMA Level VI solo. More than 6,500 students auditioned for this honor and about 885 were selected.