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April 17, 2014

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

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Guilderland Students Selected as Artist Apprentices

      Two Guilderland High School vocal students have been selected to participate in the Albany Pro Musica Artist Apprenticeship Program. Soprano Therese Giordano, and Tenor Cody Ingraham will be singing Anton Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater”. Working with director Woodrow Bynum, (The Cathedral of All Saints), each student is paired with an APM singer “mentor” who guides them through the rehearsal process and performance.
Students were chosen for this honor based upon their most recent NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) ratings in addition to recommendations from their choral director.
     The religious cantata by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak is based on the text of the Stabat Mater, which expresses great loss and grief. The concert will be on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany beginning at 7:30 pm. Albany Pro Musica will perform the work with the Albany Symphony under the direction of David Alan Miller.
     Congratulations to the students and their vocal teacher, Rae Jean Teeter for this recognition of an outstanding music education program.
     Tickets and additional information is available at http://www.albanypromusica.org/season/.

 

GCSD celebrates Music In Our Schools Month this March

 

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

Several middle school ensembles will perform at the Empire State Plaza on Friday, March 21. The Farnsworth Middle School Select Band (under the direction of Mrs. Alexis Ziomek), the FMS Chamber Strings (under the direction of Mrs. Kristy Dame) and the FMS 8th Grade Chorus (under the direction of Mrs. Nancy Casellini) will perform in the South Concourse at 12:25 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

March 19 is the annual Cabaret at FMS, 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. Spring concerts begin at the end of March with the 8th Grade Band, Chorus and 7th & 8th Grade Orchestras performing at FMS on March 25.

March also features the student theatrical productions with Farnsworth Middle School MASK presenting “The Sound of Music” from March 7-9, the High School Guilderland Players presenting “All Shook Up” from March 13-16 and Altamont Elementary School presenting their 5th grade musical “Suessical Jr." on March 28-29.

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. “Music Makes Me ___!” is the official slogan for Music In Our Schools Month® 2014.

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!

 

GHS Music Department presents "POPS GOES DANCING!" - Saturday, February 1, 2014

      This annual concert 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 Music Parents, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), use 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. 
     For this concert, the High School New Gym is decorated and set with tables and chairs. Eighth grade waiters and waitresses serve light refreshments that are available for purchase. 
     Come enjoy the music of “2014 Pops Goes Dancing!” on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 pre-sale (4 ticket family pack/$20) 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 or email hershenhartl@guilderlandschools.net for tickets or additional information. 

 CLICK HERE FOR A POPS SPONSOR FORM. CLICK HERE FOR A POPS TICKET ORDER FORM.

Student Composer Night - January 30, 2014 - FMS 7 pm

      Student composers of every age are invited to share their original music. Student composers can perform or have someone else perform music that they have written. Although the music must be original, it does not have to be notated or written down for participation. Each year the concert is a great success with varied pieces for piano, instruments, voice or electronic music! Any student in elementary, middle or high school may participate in this event. Interested students should download an application for participation and play or show their piece to a music teacher for approval. Come and share your music with other composers! Click here for composer guidelines    Click here for registration

27 Guilderland High School Students Selected for Sub Council Music Festival

 

     The Suburban Scholastic Council Music Festival will be held at Columbia High School on Saturday, January 25, 2014. 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 27 students were selected to participate. Performing in the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Rachel Lauber (Eastman School of Music) will be: Allegra Wu – Flute, Angelo Amore – Clarinet, Andrew Dame and Sam Diedrich – Trumpet, Matthew Darby - violin, Rafi Nizam - viola, and Nalia Brown – cello.
     Performing in the Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Brian Doyle (Crane School of Music) will be: Kate Cotton and Bhagyashree Subramaniam – Flute, Conor Grocki – Oboe, Stephen Perez and Haley Sirota – Clarinet, Michelina Scotti– Bassoon, Therese Giordano,– Horn, Jason Sindoni – Tuba and Jack Buttridge– Percussion.
Vocalists selected to sing with the Concert Choir under the direction of Mr. Norman Zogiab (Hamburg High School) include: Elise Burby, Kiera DeCotes, Alexis Donnelly, Mary Grace Graves, Avery Heaney, Courtland ‘Cody’ Ingraham, Winsor Jewell, Joshua Kahn, Derek Petti, Markis Poulen, and Eliana Rowe.
     Congratulations to all these fine young musicians and their teachers: Susan Curro, Kathleen Ehlinger, Starr Norman, Lee Russo, and Rae Jean Teeter.
     The concert on Saturday, January 25, 2013 at Columbia High School begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Guilderland High School Recognized as a Grammy Semi-Finalist

 

The Guilderland Music Department is proud to announce that Guilderland High School has been recognized as a 2014 Grammy Signature School semi-finalist. This designation and honor is based upon the quality and caliber of the music education program in the school. As the Grammy award signifies excellence in recording, the Signature Schools award is designed to honor exceptional public high school music programs. Guilderland was recognized among the top 123 high schools in the nation. Semi-finalists are invited to submit recorded performances and repertoire lists to vie for these prestigious awards. In addition to the available monetary grants, winners receive school visits from Grammy award winning artists.

Congratulations to the entire district wide music faculty for contributing to this achievement.
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10 Guilderland Students Selected for Area-All State Honors

 

This year 10 Guilderland High School students were selected to perform in the Area All-State Music Festival on November 22nd and 23rd 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.

The Concert Band under the direction of Dan Fabricius and will include: Allegra Wu – flute, Angelo Amore & William Wang – clarinet, Andrew Dame - trumpet and Joel Anthony - trombone.

Singing in the Chorus under the direction of Amy Story will be: Elise Burby, Hannah Hernandez and Courtland Ingraham.

Performing in the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jim Rabinowitz will be Therese Giordano-French Horn.
Selected by audition to perform with the Jazz Band led by Larry Balestra will be trombonist Joe Giordano.

The concert will be held on Saturday, November 23rd 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, Mr. Lee Russo, and Mrs. Rae Jean Teeter.

3 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 three students were recognized for their exemplary performances including: Leonard Bopp, son of Michael and Linda Bopp of Schenectady, Samuel Diedrich, Alan and Beth Diedrich of Schenectady and Joseph Sipzner, son of Mr. Robert Sipzner and Ms. Kathy Bentley of Guilderland.
     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. Leonard and Joseph will be singing in the All-State Chorus under the direction of Dr. Craig Arnold and Sam will be playing trumpet in the All-State Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Peter Boonshaft.
Congratulations to all the musicians, their teachers and parents on this outstanding accomplishment.

 

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.

GUILDERLAND SINGS! - TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013 - 7 PM - HS NEW GYM

The Guilderland District is proud to present “Guilderland Sings” - a district wide choral concert with special guest conductor and clinician, Mrs. Diane Warner. The concert will bring together over 800 Guilderland vocalists, in grades 4-12, who will sing with their grade level ensembles and combine together for a massed finale. Joining the Guilderland choirs on this special event will be the Capital District Youth Chorale (CDYC). Join us for a spectacular event! Click here for more information    click here to sponsor this event

 

Guilderland Ensembles Attend NYSSMA Majors Evaluation Festival

Five Guilderland music ensembles will be attending the Majors Evaluation Festivals. At these events, students and their teachers receive constructive comments provided  by two adjudicators/judges who assess specific performance criteria. These performances are open to the public and parents may attend. Good luck to the following groups and their teachers:

GHS Wind Ensemble - Kathleen Ehlinger, director - Wednesday, April 24th at Averill Park HS @ 10:30 a.m.

FMS 8th Grade Band - Jenn Austin, director - Tuesday, April 30th at Shaker HS @ 2:45 p.m.

FMS 7th Grade Orchestra - Kristy Dame, director- Tuesday, April 30th at Shaker HS @ 3:30 p.m.

FMS 6th Grade Chorus - Terri Mewhorter, director - Thursday, May 2nd at Bethlehem HS @ 9:45 a.m.

FMS Select Choir - Terri Mewhorter, director - Thursday, May 2nd at Bethlehem HS @ 10:45 a.m.

Pizzeria Uno Fundraiser for GMPFA – May 6, 2013

The Guilderland Music Parents and Friends Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), is holding a fund raising event on Monday, May 6th at Uno, Chicago Grill at Crossgates Mall. On that day, Uno will donate up to 20% of all proceeds that use a voucher identifying the GMPFA. The voucher is good for lunch or dinner and can be used for take-out meals.

The Music Parents funds musical opportunities for Guilderland students of all ages. Small music ensembles will be performing in the mall area during this event. come support Guilderland musicians! Click here for a voucher coupon!

 

 

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.

Several student ensembles will perform at the Empire State Plaza. On Tuesday, March 26th, the Farnsworth Middle School Select Choir (under the direction of Terri Mewhorter) will perform in the South Concourse at 1:15 p.m. On Wednesday, March 27th, the Farnsworth Middle School Select Band (under the direction of Mrs. Jenn Austin) and the FMS Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Mr. Jason Utter) will perform in the South Concourse at 12:15 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public and serves to impart the importance of providing a comprehensive music education.

March 20th is the annual Cabaret at FMS, 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. Spring concerts round out the month with Lynnwood Elementary (3/21), Altamont Elementary (3/27), and Pine Bush Elementary (3/27).

March also features student theatrical productions Farnsworth Middle School MASK presents “Thoroughly Modern Mille” from March 8-10, and the Guilderland Players presents “South Pacific” from March 14-17.

Music In Our Schools Month is a nationwide event saluting excellence in music education. MENC: The National Association for Music Education sponsors this annual event, which focuses national attention on the importance of music in our schools. “Music Education — Orchestrating Success” is the official slogan for Music In Our Schools Month® 2013.

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!

 

GUILDERLAND HS ANNOUNCES CONCERTO COMPETITION WINNER!

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 Michelle Kang, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Inbong Kang of Guilderland, won the competition on violin.
Michelle won the competition with an impressive performance of the Barber Violin Concerto, Opus 14. She will next perform the Sérénade mélancolique by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  accompanied by the High School Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The concert will also feature performances by the GHS vocal ensembles and will take place in the auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

 


 GUILDERLAND HS ANNOUNCES CONCERTO COMPETITION WINNER!

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 senior Sharon Lin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Hung-Yun Lin of Schenectady, won the competition.
Sharon played an impressive performance of the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostavovich. She will now play this solo at the high school concert on June 7, 2012 accompanied by the high school Symphony Orchestra. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and also feature performances by the Concert Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble.

 

Guilderland Named in "Best Communities for Music Education"

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For the fourth consecutive year, the exemplary music program in Guilderland and the widespread support the community has for arts education has been recognized.

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GHS Names Concerto Competition Winner - Amanda Dame

Concerto winnerEach 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 Amanda Dame, daughter of Kristy and Jim Dame of Altamont, won the competition.

Amanda played a fully memorized and impressive performance of Gordon Jacob’s Concerto for Flute and Strings. She will now play a movement from the Mozart Flute Concerto at the high school concert on Thursday, June 2, 2011 accompanied by the high school Chamber String Orchestra. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and also feature performances by the Concert Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra.

 

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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.