Eight promising high school musicians – juniors Garrett Filloramo, Cassandra Nielsen and Allyson Rocco, and seniors Sarah Barsch, Sean Gray, Theresa Heaney, Kyle McCrosson and Elizabeth Rudner – have been chosen for this year’s Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County Festival.
These All-County students, selected for their talent, dedication to music, and high scores at last spring’s New York State School Music Association solo festival, will perform at the NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Concert on Nov. 21 at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. McCrosson (French horn), Nielsen (Bb clarinet) and Rocco (bass clarinet) will be members of the All-County Symphonic Band (Rocco was selected for both Bb and bass clarinet but has chosen to perform on bass clarinet). Filloramo (percussion) and Heaney (violin) will play in the All-County Symphony Orchestra. Singing in the All-County Mixed Chorus will be Barsch (alto), Gray (tenor) and Rudner (alto).
Barsch, Gray and Nielsen were further honored by being named All-State musicians. They will attend this year’s New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, N.Y. over three days in December. Barsch (alto I) and Gray (tenor II) will perform in the All-State Mixed Chorus, while Nielsen will play Bb clarinet in the All-State Wind Ensemble. Nielsen was also chosen as an alternate for Eb clarinet, and Rocco was named an alternate on Bb clarinet.
“We are incredibly proud of these fine young musicians, who will have the opportunity to participate and perform amongst their peers from the county and state levels,” said Paul Weber, the school’s chairperson for music and art. “We wish them the best of luck and hope they have an outstanding musical experience.”