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56 Guilderland students perform with NYACDA Honor Choirs

Aug. 15, 2014—The Guilderland Central School District music department is pleased to announce that 56 GCSD students were selected to participate in the New York American Choral Directors Association (NYACDA) 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. Guilderland musicians 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 performance included students representing Altamont Elementary, Guilderland Elementary, Westmere Elementary and Farnsworth Middle School. Participating elementary students included: 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. The 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: Diana Ackner, Nancy Casellini, Shannon deFrancqueville, Debbie DiGrado, Terri Mewhorter, and Judy Russo.