Four seniors were recognized as 2020 All-State participants and/or alternates by the New York State School Music Association. Due to the pandemic, the All-State Conference which usually is held in Rochester, NY, will be held virtually this year. Students will perform in a virtual concert with their respective ensembles this December.
Danielle Tear from Division Avenue High School was selected to perform the cello in the string orchestra, while Emily Zhang from MacArthur High School was selected to perform the Bb clarinet in the symphonic band. In addition, Jelissa Montesdeoca and Daniel Purcell, both from MacArthur High School, were recognized as alternates for Soprano II and Bass I, respectively.??
As a result of the current health crisis, the All-State selection process was different than previous years but was still highly competitive. Current seniors who performed an All-State solo at the Spring 2019 NYSSMA Festival and who were selected to an All-State ensemble, either as a participant or an alternate, were accepted this year. In addition, current juniors who received high scores at the 2019 festival as sophomores, were eligible to be recommended by their teachers and those who qualified were selected as well to join the 2020 ensembles.
The district congratulates these students on this outstanding achievement.