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October 04, 2015

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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

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Music news and announcements

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!

Spring Orchestra Festival welcomed alum Lidiya Yankovskaya

     On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Guilderland CSD hosted an exhilarating orchestra festival. This combined concert featured all students in the Guilderland Orchestral Program in grades 5– 12. Led by Guilderland alum Ms. Lydia Yankovskaya (2004), the outstanding performance was enjoyed by performers and audience alike. Concerto competition winner junior Michael Zhu wowed the audience with a performance of Zigeunerweisen, “Gypsy Airs” by Pablo de Sarasate accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra.


POPS Falls in Love!” – February 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm - HS West Gym - Join Us!

This year the Guilderland High School Music Department celebrates with “Pops Falls in Love”. This annual concert will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 and feature performances by all of the high school music ensembles – over 350 talented students – in the Choirs, Bands, Orchestras and Jazz Band. This year, small vocal and instrumental ensembles will also be performing as well.

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 Falls in Love” on Saturday, February 7, 2015 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.

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 Download on-line purchasing instructions

Download a printable voucher to identify yourself as a supporter of Guilderland Music

download a cheesecake order form     



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

    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.