Manhasset high school students headed to NYSSMA All-State Festival

Manhasset high school students headed to NYSSMA All-State Festival
Ten student-musicians from Manhasset Secondary School were selected as 2023 All-State Music Festival participants and alternates. They were congratulated by choir director Jared Berry, high school band director Greg Sisco, Manhasset Secondary School Principal Richard Roder, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gaurav Passi and Director of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Joseph Owens. (Courtesy Manhasset Public Schools)

Ten student musicians from Manhasset Secondary School have been selected as either a participant or an alternate in the 2023 New York State School Music Association All-State Music Festival. The festival, will be held in Rochester from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, will end with a culminating performance at the Eastman Theatre.

Those who earned a spot in one of the All-State ensembles include trumpet player Bernard Chan in Symphonic Band, Tenor 1 Adam De Leeuw in Mixed Chorus, Viola player Christian Kim in Symphony Orchestra, Tenor 1 Austyn Park in Mixed Chorus and Sonia Purani in Mixed Chorus as Soprano 1.

To be selected to attend the festival, a student-musician must be recommended by their music teacher. In addition, they had to prepare a NYSSMA level VI All-State solo last spring which was evaluated by a NYSSMA Certified All-State adjudicator. To be named an All-State participant or alternate one must be a top student musician.

Alternates from Manhasset Secondary School include Double Bass player John Paul Grassano, Jazz Drum Set player Lucas Rieppi, Zachary Rho on Double Bass, Spencer Wong playing the Violin and Alexander Zhang on the French Horn. As an alternate, these students can still be accepted to participate in the All-State Music Festival prior to Dec.


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