More than 40 Huntington School District musicians and vocalists have been selected to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s annual festival series in March.
Huntington has a storied tradition of sending a large delegation of top musicians to the SCMEA festival series. Students perform in one of three concerts depending upon their respective grade level. This year’s district contingent will include 43 musicians spread across grades 5-10.
“Every year, music teachers across Suffolk County nominate approximately 5,000 students for inclusion in the music ensembles,” said Eric Reynolds, Huntington’s director of fine and performing arts. “Only several hundred students are ultimately selected for each SCMEA divisional music festival. Having our students represent our school district and community in this prestigious festival highlights the excellence found inside our classrooms and rehearsal rooms.”
Huntington’s All-County performers include:
Huntington High School
Orchestra: Ella Siepel (viola), Bryan Wong (trumpet/cornet), Erin Ye (cello), Allison Quinn (violin 1), Grace Wildermuth (double bass), Lily O’Heir (piccolo), Sabeena Ali (violin 2)
Band: Nicholas Danseglio (flute 1), Lauren Landolfi (flute 1), Eliana Ng (piccolo)
Chorus: Katherine Eichenberger (alto), Lauren Holly (soprano), Grace Kenny (soprano), Chloe Wheeler (soprano), Chloe Buffone (soprano)
J. Taylor Finley Middle School
Orchestra: Brooke Parks (viola), Charlotte Gordon (violin 2), Sarah Corwin (bassoon), Harry Alba (trombone)
Band: Benjamin Edgar-McNerney (percussion), Cecilia Kye (Bb clarinet), Emma Glascock (trumpet/cornet)
Chorus: Michaela Donatelli (baritone), Sophia Segal (soprano), Layna Abraham (soprano), Aria Hannah (soprano)
Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School
Orchestra: Isaac Joseph (violin 2), Ada Cruz (double bass)
Band: Vincenza Garofalo (bass clarinet), Kai Rotunno (Bb clarinet)
Chorus: Liva Camarata (children’s voice-S2), Michaela Dopico (children’s voice-S1), Andrew McRoy (children’s voice-S2), Sophia Weiss (children’s voice-S2), Julianne Tudisco (children’s voice-S2)
Woodhull Intermediate School
Orchestra: Amalia Heinz (viola), Charlotte Curtin (cello), Nina Fascilla (cello), Anthony Retamal (violin 2)
Band: Emily Kustera (Bb clarinet), Parker Hepworth (tuba/Sousaphone)
Chorus: Josephine Sullivan (children’s voice), Nevin Maldonado (children’s voice)
“The Huntington Fine and Performing Arts Department is grateful for the extraordinary commitment to music education from the board of education and district and building administration and for the unwavering support from our faculty and staff,” Mr. Reynolds said.
All three SCMEA concerts will be held at Northport High School. The Division III (ninth and tenth grades) performance is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. The Division I (fifth and sixth grades) concert is set for Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. The Division II (seventh and eighth grades) performance will be held on Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m.