All-County Musicians Set to Thrill at Concerts

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Nine of the high school’s most promising and dedicated student-musicians have been recognized with All-County honors and selected to perform in the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education’s All-County Festival. Their concert performances will take place on Nov. 19 at Northport High School.

Participating in the All-County Mixed Chorus, and prepared by Dr. Rich Harris, Jr., Islip’s chorus director, are John Del Genio (tenor), Matthew Kadam (bass),  Sheila Kiernan (soprano) and Nicole Poliandro (alto).

Participating in the All-County Women’s Chorus, likewise prepared by Harris, are altos Morgiana McDevitt and Emma Regina.

Participating in the All-County Band, and prepared by Islip band director Steve Campanella, is clarinetist Katie Warnokowski.

Participating in the All-County Orchestra, and prepared by Islip orchestra director Zachary Butterfield, are double bassists James Baldino and Sean Dullaghan.

These students were selected for All-County, out of a field of hundreds of applications from across Suffolk County, based upon their performance at last year’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival and subsequent recommendations from their music teachers who prepare the young musicians for the NYSCAME Festival. After a series of rehearsals, the students will have the opportunity to perform under the leadership of skilled conductors from the college music community and professional music industry.

“For a small district like Islip, we are thrilled to be represented at the county level by so many exceptional musicians,” said Vincent Green, Islip’s director of fine and performing arts.