Lori Hershenhart, Ed.D.
518-861-8591, ext. 1106
Music news and announcements
Four Students Selected for NYSBDA Honor Ensembles
The Guilderland Music Department is proud to announce that four students
have been recognized by the New York State Band Directors Association.
Each year from hundreds of applicants, Honor Band members are chosen based
upon their NYSSMA score from the previous spring. Each ensemble rehearses
and performs during the NYS Band Directors annual Symposium held at the
Syracuse Convention Center from March 3-5, 2017.
Selected to perform in the High School Honor Band under the direction of Dr. Evan Feldman, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), will be Jason Sindoni, tuba, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Sindoni of Schenectady.
Performing with the Middle School Honor Band will be Marie Collison, horn, daughter of Mr. andMrs. Alan Collison of Albany; Aidan Doyle, trombone, son of Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Doyle of Slingerlands and Aidan Fusco, trumpet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Fusco of Schenectady. Dr. Shelley Jagow (Wright State University, Dayton, OH) will conduct the Middle School Honor Band.
Selection to these prestigious ensembles demonstrates exceptional musicianship and is an outstanding accomplishment. Congratulations to these fine young players, and their teachers, Mrs. Kathleen Ehlinger, and Mr. Jason Utter.
Faculty & Friends Recital - Great Concert & Funds for Charity
The Guilderland Faculty & Friends Recital on 11/3 was an AWESOME concert that benefited the Guilderland Food Pantry. Many pounds of food were donated and $200 was given to support families in need.
You can watch the concert on the FMS
YouTube channel at
Six Students Selected for Area-All State Honor EnsemblesThis year 6 Guilderland High School students were selected to perform in the Area All-State Music Festival on November 18th and 19th at Saratoga Springs High School. These outstanding ensembles consist of students chosen from a nine county area including Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties. Competitive selection to these groups is based upon the score received by the students’ during the previous spring at the NYSSMA solo evaluation festival.
Six Guilderland Musicians Selected
for Conference All-State
Each year, thousands of student musicians in New York State compete for an opportunity to be selected for the prestigious NYSSMA Conference All State Music Ensembles. Admission to these highly selective groups is based upon the score received the previous spring during the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival. Each student performed before a certified adjudicator who carefully evaluated every aspect of their performance.
The Guilderland High
School music department is proud to announce that six students were
recognized for their exemplary performances including: Ryan Dempsey, son
of John and Debra Dempsey of Slingerlands, Joe Giordano, son of Mary and
Mark Giordano of Albany, Avery Heaney, son of John and Susan Heaney of
Albany, Julianne Kim, daughter of Eugene and Sarah Kim of Slingerlands,
Treasa Powathil, daughter of Kuruvilla and Bindu Powathil of Slingerlands,
and Abigail Ryan, daughter of Gordon and Susan Ryan of Albany.
These talented students will spend four days rehearsing in Rochester with gifted students from across the state with the event culminating in a concert at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Abigail, Avery and Ryan will be singing in the All-State Chorus under the direction of Tucker Biddlecombe (Vanderbilt). Julianne will play violin in the String Orchestra under the direction of William White (Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland) and Treasa (oboe) will perform in the All-State Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Scott Hanna (University of Texas at Austin) and Joe (trombone/voice) can choose to perform with the Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Sherrie Maricle (DIVA Jazz NYU) or with Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Jeremy Fox (Miami Dade).
Congratulations to all the musicians, their teachers and parents on this outstanding accomplishment.
Student to perform in Dallas, TX at NAfME All-National Honor
Student to perform in Dallas, TX at NAfME All-National Honor Chorus
to Guilderland High School student Marissa Scotti who was selected for the
All-National Chorus. Marissa will be a senior in the fall, and will
perform with the National Association for Music Education All-National
Mixed Chorus at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, Texas in November.
This prestigious choir with students selected from across the United
States will perform under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong, Tosdal
Professor of Music at St. Olaf College. The performance on November 13,
2016 will follow three days of intensive rehearsals.
Congratulations to Rae Jean Teeter and to all of the music teachers who have worked with Marissa throughout the years. This extraordinary recognition is the culmination of years of effort and dedication exemplifying the benefits of a comprehensive K-12 music education.
Guilderland Music Ensembles Attend NYSSMA Evaluation FestivalEach year choral and instrumental ensembles from the Guilderland School District attend the NYSSMA (NYS School Music Association) Major Ensemble Evaluations. In these events, large ensembles received written and recorded comments, suggestions and critiques from two adjudicators. The music performed is specifically selected from graded literature approved by NYSSMA and groups from across the state strive for a perfect performance.
POPS Blasts Off!” – February 6, 2016 - 7:30 pm - HS West Gym - Join Us!
year the Guilderland High School Music Department celebrates with “Pops
Blasts Off”. This annual concert will be held on Saturday, February
2016 and features performances by all of the high school music ensembles –
over 350 talented students – in the Choirs, Bands, Orchestras and Jazz
This event is the major fund raiser for the music booster organization, the Guilderland Music Parents and Friends Association. The GMPFA, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), uses all funds raised from the Pops Concert to provide scholarships, enrichment activities, assembly programs, guest clinicians, and other resources for students of every age throughout the Guilderland school district. If you would like to place an ad in the program or donate an item for the raffle please click here.
Come enjoy the music of “Pops Blasts Off” on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 pre-sale and $7 at the door with table seats available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are available for purchase in the school store at the high school, or contact Guilderland Music Supervisor Lori Hershenhart at 861-8591 ext. 1106 for tickets or additional information.
Students selected for Suburban Council Music Festival
Suburban Scholastic Council Music Festival will be held at
Scotia-Glenville High School on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Over three
hundred talented music students were selected from the thirteen Suburban
Council schools. The groups performing this year include a High School
Band, Chorus and Orchestra as well as a Middle School Jazz Band.
The Guilderland music department is pleased to announce that 18 students were selected to participate. Performing in the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of cellist Dr. David Bebe (College of St. Rose) will be: Angelo Amore – clarinet, Dan Bemis – horn, Nicole Chiang– violin and Alana Lake – cello.
The Concert Band includes students: Isabella Wu – clarinet, Matt Creighton – alto sax, Mary Kate Sweeney – trumpet, Patrick Winslow – horn, Jacob Cornetti Skott – euphonium, Jason Sindoni – tuba and Thomas Jambunathan, Belen Marriage – percussion. They will perform under the direction of Bill Tiberio (Fairport HS).
Vocalists selected to sing with the Concert Choir include: Sean Donnelly, Avery Heaney, Alexandria Lyles, and Natalie Russo. These students will perform under the direction of Woodrow Bynum (Cathedral of All Saints).
Nick Castillo– alto sax and Matt Dunn– percussion were selected by audition to play in the Middle School Jazz Ensemble, led by noted jazz educator Mike Benedict.
Congratulations to all these fine young musicians and their teachers: Susan Curro, Kathleen Ehlinger, Claudia Feeney, Lee Russo, Rae Jean Teeter, Jason Utter, and Alexis Ziomek.
The concert on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Scotia-Glenville High School begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Faculty & Friends Charity Recital – Thursday, October 29 – 7 pm - FMSThe Guilderland Music Faculty & Friends and will present a combined recital on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at FMS beginning at 7:00 p.m. This enjoyable evening features performances by teachers from across the district, students and community members. From Pop to Jazz, Classical to Contemporary; there is something for everyone to appreciate. This delightful evening gives students and the community an opportunity to listen to their teachers in a different role as performers. Highlighted on the program will be both vocal and instrumental ensemble performances.
Six Guilderland Musicians Selected
for Conference All-State
Come Hear the Guilderland HS Concert Choir at the
Palace Theater in Carmina Burana
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3:00 pm
Join us for the biggest production the Capital
Region has ever seen of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana! The Empire State Youth
Orchestra, conducted by Helen Cha-Pyo will be joined on stage by singers
from Albany, Shaker, Guilderland, and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk high
schools. The stage will be filled with over 350 musicians and all of the
orchestra’s instruments, including two pianos and a vast array of
A setting of 24 medieval texts Carmina Burana is divided into three sections – Springtime, In the Tavern and The Court of Love. They describe everything from religious devotion to lust and gluttony. The lasting appeal of this work lies in in building momentum and rhythmic force; relentlessly driving and fun.
Tickets are $23 for adults; $13 for seniors; and $8 for students at the Palace theater box office at 465-4663 or through Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone 1-800-745-3000.
Ithacappella Returns to Guilderland HS - January 12th at 7 pm
Ithacappella , all-male a cappella group from Ithaca College, returns to share their talents with students in Guilderland. This auditioned student led ensemble, has toured extensively bringing an exciting show of popular selections to share with audiences of all ages.
The Guilderland Music Department with generous funding from the Guilderland Music Parents and Friends Association ((a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization) will host 2 elementary assemblies.
On Monday evening, January 12, 2015, Ithacappella will present an evening concert at Guilderland High School beginning at 7 p.m. Admission to this event is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door.
Guilderland Music Students Perform at Barnes & Noble Bookfair in Colonie Center - Friday, Dec. 12th
On Friday, December 12, instrumental and vocal ensembles will be performing at the Barnes and Noble bookfair. Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of all sales of books, media, and café items from throughout the day to the Guilderland Music Parents& Friends Association. GMPFA is a 501(c)(3) and uses all funds raised to support music students across the district. Customers simply need to identify themselves as a supporter of Guilderland Music Parents at the register. Student musical ensemble from Altamont and Lynnwood Elementary, Farnsworth Middle School and Guilderland High School will be performing throughout the afternoon and evening.
Come listen to some wonderful musicians and support the Guilderland music program!
If you were unable to attend the event, but would still like to support GMPFA through your Barnes and Noble purchases, you can do so on-line from Friday, December 12 through Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Both in-store and online purchases are eligible for the donation. Visit BN.COM/bookfairs and use Bookfair ID 11512738 Download on-line purchasing instructions
GHS Music Dept. Fruit Sale fundraiser - November 12 - December 1
The GHS Music Department
is holding a sale to raise funds to support guest conductors, artists and
clinicians. For sale are assorted fruit boxes or mixed samplers and
premium cheese and sausage packages. The sale will run from November 12th
through December 1st with an expected delivery date of December 13th at
Items can be purchased from any GHS music student or completed order forms and payments can be returned to Judy Zielinski, FMS main office. Please make checks payable to GHS. These items make wonderful holiday gifts while providing necessary funding for music enrichment programming. Click the link below to view the catalog and order form.
11 Guilderland Musicians Selected For Area All State Music Festival
Congratulations to these
talented students selected to perform atthe Area All-State Music Festival.
Competitive selection to these groups is based upon the score received by
the students’ during the previous spring at the NYSSMA solo evaluation
The concert will be held on Saturday, November 22nd beginning at 2 p.m. in the Saratoga High School auditorium. This outstanding performance is open to the public and tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for students and $5 for senior citizens.
Congratulations to all our talented young musicians, their families and their music teachers Mrs. Susan Curro, Mrs. Kathleen Ehlinger, Mr. Lee Russo, and Mrs. Rae Jean Teeter. Full Story
Students pictured - left to right
Back – Avery Heaney, Derek Petti, Angelo Amore, Dylan Fader Josh Kahn, Etaseme Elonge
Front - Kiera DeCotes, Therese Giordano, Joe Giordano, Julianne Kim, Claire Amiot
Come Enjoy the Guilderland Faculty & Friends Recital October 29 – 7 pm - FMS
The Guilderland Music
Faculty and Friends will present a recital this Wednesday at Farnsworth
Middle School at 7:00 p.m. This enjoyable evening features music teachers,
faculty from the math and physical education departments, a house
principal, students and community members sharing their musical talents.
From Pop to Jazz, Classical to Contemporary; there is something for
everyone to enjoy. This delightful evening gives students and the
community an opportunity to appreciate their teachers in the role of a
performer. Highlighted on the program will be both vocal and instrumental
While there is no admission for this event, each year donations are collected and given to a charitable organization. This year funds raised will be given to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (firstname.lastname@example.org); a private, not-for-profit organization working to save special places in Albany, and Schenectady counties.
Come enjoy an evening of outstanding musical entertainment! Students of all ages are encouraged to attend!
Come enjoy a 5 Guys Dinner & TCBY Yogurt
The Guilderland Music Parents & Friends is raising funds to support music programs in schools at every level. 20% of sales will be donated. Remember to bring a flyer. Gift cards are also available; please make checks payable to GMPFA and return to any music teacher.
9 Guilderland Students Selected for All State Honors
Each year, thousands
of student musicians in New York State compete for an opportunity to be
selected for the prestigious NYSSMA Conference All State Music Ensembles.
Admission to these highly selective groups is based upon the score
received the previous spring during the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival.
Each student performed before a certified adjudicator who carefully
evaluated every aspect of their performance.
The Guilderland High School music department is proud to announce that nine students were recognized for their exemplary performances. Click here for more information.
56 Guilderland Students Perform with ACDA Honor Choirs
GHS Wind Ensemble Premiere's the Times Union March