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Music at the middle school level

Guilderland music logo     We believe every student needs and deserves a high-quality music education. We strive to inspire each child to become a creative and innovative thinker through this comprehensive program.  Our primary focus on reaching high levels of achievement and competence in the arts is to provide students with the essential skills that are critical to their success in school, life and work.

     We invite you to visit a classroom, attend a rehearsal or concert and witness excellence at every developmental stage of music education.

    Please take some time to peruse the links available on this Web site for more information, and feel free to contact any music teacher or Lori Hershenhart, District Music Administrator (hershenhartl@guilderlandschools.org) with any questions.

 

Amazing Band Festival

Congratulations to band students and teachers!

Here is the video link courtesy of the GHS Media

https://youtu.be/xbZ9K1niMoc

 

Guilderland Music Ensembles Attend NYSSMA Evaluation Festival

Each 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.

Attending the instrumental evaluation at Shaker High School on April 10-11, 2017 is the:
• 7th Grade Orchestra (Mrs. Kristy Dame) – 1:35 p.m. (Monday)
• 7th Grade Band (Mrs. Alexis Ziomek) – 10:25 a.m. (Tuesday)
• FMS Select Band (Mrs. Alexis Ziomek) – 11:30 a.m. (Tuesday)
• HS Wind Ensemble (Mrs. Kathleen Ehlinger) – 12:45 p.m. (Tuesday)

Attending the choral evaluation at Niskayuna High School on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 is the:
• 7th Grade Chorus (Mrs. Terri Mewhorter) – 1:00 p.m.
• FMS Select Choir (Mrs. Terri Mewhorter) – 2:05 p.m.

These events are free and open to the public. Good luck to our young musicians and their teachers at this evaluation festival!

Guilderland Celebrates March is Music In Our Schools Month

 

In celebration of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®), the Guilderland School District is proud to announce a month full of events demonstrating excellence in music education.

Music performances are held all month long at the Empire State Plaza on the South Concourse. The NYSSMA All State Jazz Ensemble including Guilderland’s own Joe Giordano (trombone) performs on Monday, March 6th at 11:30 a.m. The Farnsworth MS Select Band (under the direction of Mrs. Alexis Ziomek), the FMS Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Mr. Jason Utter) and the FMS Vocal Thunder (under the direction of Mrs. Nancy Casellini); will perform on Thursday, March 16th at 11:30 a.m. The Guilderland HS Chamber Choir (under the direction of Mrs. Rae Teeter) will perform on Tuesday, March 21st at 12:25 p.m. These concerts are free and open to the public and serve to impart the importance of providing a comprehensive music education.

March 23rd is the annual Cabaret at FMS (7:30 pm), featuring the Jazz and Stage Bands from the Middle and High Schools. Students demonstrate their creativity through improvisation; the instantaneous creation of music in the moment.

March also features the student theatrical productions with Farnsworth Middle School MASK presenting “Oklahoma” from March 10-12, and the High School Guilderland Players presenting “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” from March 16-19.

Other events in March include the 3rd Grade Instrument Night (March 21st ) for parents and students to explore the instrumental program beginning in 4th Grade, and the Student Composer Night (March 22nd) where composers of any age are invited to present and perform their original compositions. Both of these events will be held at Farnsworth Middle School beginning at 7 p.m.

Music In Our Schools Month is a nationwide event saluting excellence in music education. NAfME: The National Association for Music Education sponsors this annual event, which focuses national attention on the importance of music in our schools.

Participation in music classes provides lifelong benefits. Through singing, playing instruments, and composing, students learn to express themselves creatively. Studying music provides a deeper understanding of historical and cultural heritages. We invite you to witness excellence at every developmental stage of music education. Learn what’s happening in the music programs in your school and community!

POPS Goes to the Movies!– February 4, 2017 - 7:30 pm - HS West Gym - Join Us!

This year the Guilderland High School Music Department celebrates with “Pops Goes to the Movies ”. This annual concert will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 and features performances by all of the high school music ensembles – over 350 talented students – in the Choirs, Bands, Orchestras and Jazz Band.

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. We are asking local businesses to place an ad in our program and/or donate an item or gift certificate for our raffle.  In this difficult economy, the funds raised during this event help provide music enrichment and assistance for our children that we may not otherwise be able to provide. We thank you for your support and hope you will advertise or donate a raffle item. For more information please contact Margaret Tabak at 339-4697.  


Come enjoy the music of “Pops Goes to the Movies ” on Saturday, February 4, 2017 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.

Ticket Order Form (PDF)

  Ithacapella Returns to Guilderland!

On January 17th the all male premier men's collegiate a capella group returns for 3 shows. Ithacappella sings everything from traditional choral arrangements to current radio hits. In addition to high-quality live performances, Ithacappella has become known for their strong efforts in the recording studio, with critically acclaimed albums that push the boundaries of vocal music.

Ithacapella will perform 2 school assemblies for elementary students during the day at Pine Bush and Lynnwood Elementary schools. These assemblies are funded through the generosity of the Guilderland Music Parents and Friends Association. Tuesday evening, January 17th at 7 p.m.  Ithacapella will perform at Guilderland HS. Tickets are $2 for students and $3 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For additional information, call District Music Director, Lori Hershenhart at 861-8591 x1106.

 

Guilderland Music Students Perform at Barnes & Noble Bookfair in Colonie Center - Friday, Dec. 16th

On Friday, December 16, 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 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 16 through Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Both in-store and online purchases are eligible for the donation. Visit BN.COM/bookfairs and use Bookfair ID: 11972999

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.
     Perfor
ming 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.

Six Students Selected for Area-All State Honor Ensembles

This 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.

Playing clarinet in the Concert Band under the direction of Mr. Andrew Perry (West Genesee HS) and will be: Jason Sindoni, tuba and Isabella Wu, clarinet.

Singing in the Chorus under the direction of Mr. Anthony Miglione (William Jewell College) will be: Ryan Dempsey, Anna Fernandez, Avery Heaney, and Michelle Prunier.

The concert will be held on Saturday, November 19th 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. Kathleen Ehlinger, and Mrs. Rae Jean Teeter.

 

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 All_State_2016the 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 Chorus

Congratulations 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 Festival

Each 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.

Attending the instrumental evaluation at Shaker High School on April 18-19, 2016 is the:
• HS Wind Ensemble (Mrs. Kathleen Ehlinger) – 11:45 a.m. (Monday)
• HS Symphony Orchestra (Mrs. Susan Curro) – 2:20 pm. (Monday)
• FMS Select Band (Mrs. Alexis Ziomek) – 1:05 p.m. (Tuesday)
• 6th Grade orchestra (Mrs. Kristy Dame) – 1:35 p.m. (Tuesday)

Attending the choral evaluation at Bethlehem High School on Thursday, April 21, 2016 is the:
• 6th Grade Chorus (Mrs. Terri Mewhorter) – 10:15 a.m.
• FMS Select Choir (Mrs. Terri Mewhorter) – 11:30 a.m.
• GHS Concert Choir (Mrs. Rae Jean Teeter) – 1:00 p.m.
• GHS Chamber Choir (Mrs. Rae Jean Teeter) – 2:00 p.m.

These events are free and open to the public. Good luck to our young musicians and their teachers at this evaluation festival.

 

 

POPS Blasts Off! – February 6, 2016 - 7:30 pm - HS West Gym - Join Us!

This year the Guilderland High School Music Department celebrates with “Pops Blasts Off”. This annual concert will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 and features performances by all of the high school music ensembles – over 350 talented students – in the Choirs, Bands, Orchestras and Jazz Band.

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.

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

 

The 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 - FMS

     The 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.
     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 our own Guilderland Music Parents & Friends Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), that supports musical programs for students of every age.
     Come enjoy of evening of outstanding musical entertainment and help us raise funds for a worthy charity!

 

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: Angelo Amore, son of Rosella and Robert Amore of Slingerlands, Joe Giordano, son of Mary and Mark Giordano of Albany, Joshua Kahn, son of Judith and William Kahn of Guilderland, Marissa Scotti, daughter of Joan Scotti of Slingerlands and Joseph Scotti of Slingerlands, Will Wang, son of Jianhua Zhang and Xuming Wang of Albany, and Michael Zhu, son of Peijia and Kehe Zhu of Schenectady.
   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. Marissa and Josh will be singing in the All-State Chorus under the direction of Dr. Sandra Snow (Michigan State University). Michael will play violin in the String Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Tapia (Syracuse University) and Will (clarinet) will perform in the All-State Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Andrew Boysen (University of New Hampshire). Angelo (clarinet) will perform with the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Eduardo Navega (Vassar College) and Joe (trombone) will perform with the Jazz Ensemble directed by Anthony Kadleck (Montclair State University).
    Congratulations to all the musicians, their teachers and parents on this outstanding accomplishment!

 

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 percussion instruments.
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.

 

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 ensemble performances.
     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 (mhlc@mohawkhudson.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!

 

 

56 Guilderland Students Perform with ACDA Honor Choirs

The GuilSome members of the MS Choirderland Music Department is proud to announce that 56 of our musicians were selected and sang with the NY American Choral Directors Association Elementary and Middle School Honor Choirs this summer. The ensembles rehearsed and performed during the NYACDA Symposium held as part of the NYSSMA summer conference at the Hilton Albany. Students sang with talented students from across the state directed by distinguished conductors.

The Guilderland music department is pleased to announce that the following students were selected to participate in the New York American Choral Directors Association Elementary and Middle Honor Choirs this summer. The ensembles rehearsed and performed during the NYACDA Symposium held as part of the NYSSMA summer conference at the Hotel Albany and Conference Center. Students sang with other talented students from across the state directed by distinguished conductors. Students in the Elementary Honor Choir sang under the direction of Dr. Susan Brumfield, Texas Tech University. The outstanding performance included students representing Altamont Elementary, Guilderland Elementary, Westmere Elementary and Farnsworth Middle School. They include: Gwendolyn Beggs, Kiena Bright, Amelia Call, Giada Champagne, Sean R. Claesgens II, Marie Collison, Jillian Creighton, Santiago Cuevas-Ruis, Morgan Dempsey, Kaitlyn Ditton, Grace Elliott, Carrington Elmore, Sydney Elmore, Matthew Friedman, Reed Gordon, Aria Grisham, Bryan Guo, Rachel Guyer, Alisa Harris, Colin Dane Ingraham, Julianna Jebaraj, Joseph Kenney, Charlotte Jane King, Violet Kriefels, Saurabh Kumar, Rachel Lennon, Samuel Matkin, Nicaya Isabella Rios, Anna Roberts, Regan Roberts, Emily Russo , Lucy Rutherford, Alexandra Schermerhorn, Dakota Stott, Glenn Trechel, Nina Tuxbury, and Bailey Yerdon. The Middle School Honor Choir was directed by Dr. Lynne Gackle, Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University. This wonderfully musical concert included the following students from Farnsworth Middle School: Aman Avvaru, Maxwell Baroni, Dan Bemis, Joey Burdzel, Sean Donnelly, Ben Drzymala, Megan Fitzpatrick, Alex Francis, Lily Friedman, Victoria Gagnon, Olivia Hanley, Emma Klindtworth, Abraham Mohammed, Victoria Nemith, Riley O'Lena, Michelle Prunier, Jade Sill, Jessa Smith, and Andre Valverde. Both Honor Choirs were accompanied by former Guilderland music teacher, Starr Norman. The Guilderland Music Parents and Friends Association graciously helped each singer with attendance costs. Congratulations to these fine young singers, and their teachers, Mrs. Diana Ackner, Mrs. Nancy Casellini, Mrs. Shannon deFrancqueville, Mrs. Debbie DiGrado, Mrs. Terri Mewhorter, and Mrs. Judy Russo.

 

 

44 Guilderland Students Selected for ACDA Honor Choirs

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate in the New York American Choral Directors Association Elementary and Middle Honor Choirs this summer. The ensembles will rehearse and perform during the NYACDA Symposium held as part of the NYSSMA summer conference at the Hotel Albany and Conference Center.

Students in the Elementary Honor Choir will sing under the direction of Dr. Amanda Quist, Westminster Choir College of Rider University. The concert, which is open to the public, will be presented at 12 noon on Sunday, August 11, 2013.

The Middle School Honor Choir will be directed by Robyn Lana, artistic director and conductor of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. The Middle School Honor Choir concert is open to the public, and will be presented on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

The 4th – 6th grade students representing Altamont Elementary, Guilderland Elementary, Westmere Elementary and Farnsworth Middle School include: Christian Adam, Samuel Bemis, Jacqueline Bourgeois, Anna Capuano, Marie Collison, Jillian Creighton, Morgan Dempsey, Cassandra DeOrazio, Kaitlyn Ditton, Ben Drzymala, Sandy Eldeiry, Grace Elliott, Carrington Elmore, Sydney Elmore, Danielle Fedorchak, Alex Francis, Alisa Harris, Antonia Honikel, Colin Dane Ingraham, Emma Klindtworth, Sunitha Kishore, Elizabeth Lashway, Allison Lefebvre, Victoria Nemith, Nicaya-Isabella Rios, Anna Roberts, Emily Russo , Lucy Rutherford, Nina Tuxbury , Alyssa Vellekoop, Grant Visker, and Laura Waltz

Representing Farnsworth Middle School in the 7th and 8th Grade Honor Choir is: Izabella Colon, Ryan Dempsey, Joseph Giordano, Avery Heaney, Katie Kumta, Maya Lopez, Maria Mawson, Abby Ryan, Marissa Scotti, Hassain Shiju, Samantha Stern, and Katherine Wallace.

Congratulations to these fine young singers, and their teachers, Mrs. Diana Ackner, Mrs. Nancy Casellini, Mrs. Shannon deFrancqueville, Mrs. Debbie DiGrado, Mrs. Terri Mewhorter, and Mrs. Judy Russo.