The Islip Public Schools Office of Fine and Performing Arts and Islip High School are proud to announce the selection of 9 students to perform in a County-wide Music Festival. The New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME) will hold an All-County concert at 7:30pm on November 19th, 2016 at Northport-East Northport High School.
The student musicians were selected for All-County based upon their performance at last year’s NY State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo Festival. Outstanding performers are then recommended by their school music teacher for All-County. The students are selected to participate from hundreds of applicants representing districts across Suffolk.
“For a small district like Islip, we are thrilled to be represented at the county level by so many exceptional musicians” stated Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts for Islip Schools.
Students prepare for the festival with their school music teachers, and then participate in a series of rehearsals that culminate in a concert. The students will have the opportunity to perform under the leadership of highly skilled conductors from the college music community and professional music industry.
Participants from the Islip Union Free School District:
- NYSCAME All County Mixed Chorus (prepared by Dr. Rich Harris, Jr.)
- Nicole Poliandro, Alto 1
- Sheila Kiernan , Soprano 2
- Matthew Kadam, Bass 2
- John Del Genio, Tenor 2
- NYSCAME All County Band (prepared by Steve Campanella)
- Katie Warnokowski, Bb Clarinet
- NYSCAME All County Women’s Chorus (prepared by Dr. Rich Harris, Jr.)
- Morgiana McDevitt, Alto 1
- Emma Regina, Alto 1
- NYSCAME All County Orchestra (prepared by Zachary Butterfield)
- James Baldino , Double Bass
- Sean Dullaghan, Double Bass
The district’s rigorous music program has again been rewarded by the NAMM Foundation, which honored Islip with a Best Communities for Music Education designation for 2016. Islip was one of only 476 districts across the nation to receive this annual award – now in its 17th year – for exemplary commitment to music education.
“Islip has a long history of student-musicians going on to be professional musicians and educators,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “We’ve always known Islip to be one of the Best Communities for Music Education, and we are proud to share this designation with the supporters who make it possible.”
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