Webster Central School District recently announced the selection of Webster Thomas High School students Annalise DePaull, Rebecca Hammack, Vani Shukla and Logan Smith; and Webster Schroeder High School student Veronica Savino to the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Festival in Pittsburgh from April 4-7, 2019.
Hammack, DePaull and Savino will sing in the mixed choir with renowned conductor and composer Rollo Dilworth, professor at Temple University. Shukla will play violin in the orchestra under the baton of Jung-Ho Pak, artistic director and conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. Smith will sing in the treble chorus, conducted by Sandra Snow, professor of choral conducting and music education at Michigan State University.
Four hundred student musicians from 13 eastern states will participate in five ensembles representing chorus, band, orchestra and jazz.
The school district also announced that 12 students were selected to represent their school at the New York State School Music Association Conference All-State in Rochester on Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. Webster Thomas and Webster Schroeder high school students achieving this honor are Tristan Altobelli, mixed chorus; Bella Chung, symphony orchestra; Timothy Coene, symphonic band; Annalise DePaull, mixed chorus; Rebecca Hammack, treble chorus; Nathaniel Peets, mixed chorus; Sara Phelps, string orchestra; Veronica Savino, treble chorus; Vani Shukla, symphony orchestra; Logan Smith, mixed chorus; Luke Stowell, mixed chorus; Michael Thomas, wind ensemble; Maxwell Barry, band alternate; and Colin Stubbs, band alternate.
The school district also congratulated 57 student musicians in the secondary music department who participated in the NYSSMA Junior High — grades seven through nine — and Senior High — grades 10-12 — Area-All-State festivals this month in band, chorus or orchestra.
“When students are recognized for their achievement at these festivals, it speaks volumes to the dedication of our staff from a students’ first music education experience in kindergarten all the way through high school,” said Michael Roller, WCSD director of fine arts. “The richness of the music classroom for all students in Webster is a point of pride for this community. We know that our student representation in these festivals acknowledges the high level of challenges and opportunities our students accept throughout their time in our district. We are all rewarded when students and teachers share their love of music in our lives.”