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New Hartford students selected for prestigious music festivals

NYSSMA Area All-State Festival

Twenty-six New Hartford Central School District students recently performed in the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) Area All-State Festival, which was held Nov. 17 and 18 in Phoenix, NY.

Students were chosen based upon their NYSSMA scores from the previous school year.

Participating students included:

Madalynn Bailey, grade 11
Aidan Brouillette, grade 11
Harper Callard, grade 12
Elijah Campbell, grade 12
Elizabeth Cordeiro, grade 12
John (JT) Drake, grade 12
Lucas Ferguson, grade 11
Elizabeth Hollenbeck, grade 12
Felicia Huang, grade 10
Christian Jones, grade 12
Aishaanya Kaushik, grade 12
Samuel Kwon, grade 12
Beatrice Lafayette, grade 12
Ethan Lin, grade 9
Jacob McAvaney, grade 12
John (Jack) McNair, grade 11
Juhyun Park, grade 12
Katherine Pimpinella, grade 10
Oliver Robertson, grade 10
Grace Ruganis, grade 11
Samuel Schaeffer, grade 11
Kaitlyn Schiavi, grade 12
Christopher Sorensen, grade 12
Alyssa Tomassi, grade 12
Walker Williams, grade 12
Marlee Winfield, grade 10

NYSSMA All-State Conference

A New Hartford Senior High School student has been selected to participate in the 2023 NYSSMA All-State Conference.

Christian Jones will perform on percussion with the All-State Symphonic Band, comprised of students from across the state, at the annual NYSSMA conference held in Rochester from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. 

Statewide, thousands of sophomores and juniors auditioned for All-State last spring at NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals. Students were selected primarily on numerical scores and rankings. Other factors for selection to All-State include instructor recommendations, grade in school, previous All-State performances and participation in additional musical organizations.

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