Four GHS music students to perform virtually with best in state

GUILDERLAND — Four Guilderland students have been recognized by the New York State School Music Association for their exemplary performances and were selected for the NYSSMA Conference All-State Music Ensembles:

— Morgan Dempsey in Mixed Chorus;

— Aidan Doyle in Instrumental Jazz;

— Grace Leininger in Symphonic Band; and

— Vivian Redmond in Symphony Orchestra.

This year, instead of spending four days rehearsing in Rochester with gifted students from across the state, the Guilderland students will rehearse with their conductors online, culminating in a virtual performance.

Admission to these highly selective groups is usually based upon the score received the previous spring during the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival, where each student performs before a certified adjudicator who evaluates his or her performance. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSSMA Solo Festivals were canceled in the spring, so NYSSMA elected to use students’ scores from the previous year to fill out this year’s ensembles.


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