NYSSMA Conference All State

More Students Selected to Participate in ALL State Music Festival Than Ever Before!

Sam Cooperman, Lily Evans, Caitlyn Torres, Phillip Solomon,Jodi Scharf and Michael Migliore

Every year, Hendrick Hudson High School is proud to have 1-3 students achieve one of the highest accolades a High School musician can achieve. This year four young musicians are attending the NYSSMA All State Music Festival and two alternates have been selected as well. Lily Evans, Woman’s Choir, Jodi Scharf, Symphonic Band, Phillip Solomon, Symphony Orchestra, and Caitlyn Torres, Mixed Choir, achieved this honor. Sam Cooperman, Violin, and Michael Migliore, Jazz Bass, were selected as alternates. This is also a grand achievement as very few alternates are selected. Many High School musicians prepare all year to be adjudicated on their NYSSMA Solo. If the student receives a perfect score on a Level 6 NYSSMA Solo (that’s the highest level), they are then recommended by the judge for NYSSMA All State Conference. In December, our four extremely talented kids will travel to Rochester, New York to play and sing together with the best players and singers from New York State. They will rehearse day and night under the direction of renowned conductors, and then they perform a concert in one of the most exquisite performances spaces – The Eastman Kodak Theater at the University of Rochester. Mrs. Denler says, “It’s exciting every year to bring our amazingly talented Hen Hud students to All State. This year it is especially exciting to be bringing four students – including instrumentalists for the first time in a while! This will be the 5th year in a row I’ve gone to the NYSSMA Conference and every year, as I watch our students up on that beautiful stage at The Eastman School of Music, making music with the best of the best, and working under the talented hands of renowned conductors, I am always moved to tears. This is a “once in a lifetime” experience that these young men and woman will carry with them forever! I am so pleased to teach in a district that fully supports the arts and happily provides our students with these incredible opportunities.”