Nine exceptionally talented Huntington High School musicians has been selected to perform at the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education’s All-County Music Festival this fall.
“These talented students were chosen based upon their New York State School Music Association solo evaluation scores and teacher recommendations,” said Eric Reynolds, Huntington’s district director of fine and performing arts. “In order to be eligible, students must perform an instrumental or vocal solo of the highest level of musicality at the annual NYSSMA solo festival and be a junior or senior enrolled in a school music ensemble.”
The Huntington students who have been tapped to perform include:
Christopher Engle: Baritone/Euphonium
James Obermaier: Tuba
Christopher Mavrogian: Oboe
Jose Suarez: Trumpet/Cornet
Keenan Lyons: Tenor
Abigail Semelsberger: Soprano
Nathan Musso: Trumpet
Kyle Perea: Double Bass
Matthew Quinn: Trombone
About 500 student musicians from across Suffolk County annually join together to rehearse for over 14 hours over three days culminating in a concert performance. Huntington’s nine-member student-musician contingent is currently studying under the tutelage of teachers Nicole Castaldo, Victoria Garbarino and Jason Giachetti.
“We are so incredibly proud of our music students, staff and programs,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “It seems like I can say the same every year; the artistic talent and dedication in Huntington is boundless. It is a pleasure to see and hear our students achieve at the highest of levels within our band, orchestral and choral ensembles. The upcoming All-County concerts are not to be missed.”
This year’s festival will be held on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Half Hollow Hills East High School.
“The achievement of our students represents mastery in their musical studies and a true pursuit of excellence,” Mr. Reynolds said. “The fine and performing arts department is proud to have these students represent our school and community.”