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November 27, 2014

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Instructional Administrator
for Music

Lori Hershenhart, Ed.D.
518-861-8591, ext. 1106

The Guilderland School District is proud of the award winning music department comprised of 21 music teachers with  55 performing ensembles.

Over 2000 students regularly perform within our school and community. Join us at an event and listen to excellence in music education!

 

Visit the links below for a brief description of the music program by building-level:

 

Elementary schools

Middle school

High School

 

Music news and announcements

 

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 9:00 a.m.

     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.
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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 festival.

     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 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!

Support GMPFA Fundraiser - TCBY/5Guys - October 15th - 6-9 pm - Gift cards or Dine In

 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.

TCBY/5 Guys Flyer     TCBY/5 Guys Gift card order form

 

 

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

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. Click here for more information.

 

 

GHS Wind Ensemble Premiere's the Times Union March

Congratulations to the Guilderland High School Wind Ensemble and their director Kathleen Ehlinger for an outstanding world premiere performance of The Times Union March, by Gerald Zaffuts, on May 19, 2014. Learn more and watch a video of the performance: http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Marching-behind-a-true-mentor-5501650.php#media-126443

 

 

Guilderland Music Ensembles Attend NYSSMA Evaluation Festival

 Each year choral and instrumental ensembles from the Guilderland School District attended the NYSSMA (NYS School Music Association) Major Ensemble Evaluations. In these events, large ensembles receive written and recorded comments, suggestions and critiques from two certified adjudicators. The music is specifically selected from graded literature approved by NYSSMA and groups from across the state strive for a perfect performance.

Congratulations to all of the vocal and instrumental ensembles for your hard work, dedication and OUTSTANDING performances!

HS Ensembles:
•HS Wind Ensemble (Mrs. Kathleen Ehlinger - Gold with Distinction
•HS Concert Choir (Mrs. Rae Jean Teeter) - Gold
•HS Chamber Choir (Mrs. Rae Jean Teeter) - Gold with Distinction

FMS Ensembles:
•FMS Select Choir (Mrs. Terri Mewhorter) - Gold
•7th Grade chorus (Mrs. Terri Mewhorter) - Silver
•6th Grade Chorus (Mrs. Shannon deFrancqueville) - Silver
•8th Grade Band (Mr. Jason Utter)  - Silver
•7th Grade Band (Mr. Jason Utter)  - Gold

    Concerto Competition Winner – Leonard Bopp

     Each year the Guilderland High School music department holds a concerto competition. With so many talented students throughout the department the choice is difficult and highly competitive. The winner of this competition gains the privilege of a spring solo performance with one of the large ensembles. This year the music department is pleased to announce that junior Leonard Bopp, son of Linda and Michael Bopp of Schenectady, won the competition with his outstanding performance of the Kennan Sonata for Trumpet.
     Leonard will be performing the first movement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto accompanied by the High School Symphony Orchestra. The performance will take place in the high school auditorium on Thursday, May 29, 2014 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert will also feature additional performances by the Symphony Orchestra and the Concert and Mixed Choirs. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Join the Guilderland Music Parents and Friends
Please consider becoming a member of the Guilderland Music Parents and Friends. Your support both with your time and through a donation would be greatly appreciated. Learn more

Musical instruments needed
The Guilderland Music Department is seeking donations of musical instruments, in particular low woodwinds (bass clarinet, bassoon, tenor sax) and low brass instruments (baritone, tuba, trombone). If you have any instrument you are no longer using, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of the instrument to the district. For more information, please contact Lori Hershenhart, music supervisor, at 518-861-8591, ext. 1106.