Talented Vocalists Recognized with All-State Designation


Two high school student-musicians have been recognized for their outstanding talent by the New York State School Music Association, and awarded All-State honors.

Savannah Beckford was selected for the All-State Mixed Choir, based upon her performance at last year’s NYSSMA Solo Festival, and will perform during the All-State concerts at the NYSSMA Winter Conference.

New York’s eight All-State bands, choruses, orchestras and jazz ensembles are honors groups comprised of the top students from school music departments across the state. At the Winter Conference, held on December 5 and 6 at the Eastman Theater in Rochester, the students will be perform under the direction of renowned guest conductors.

Beckford will prepare for her concert with Dr. Rich Harris Jr., the choral director at Islip High School.

In addition, fellow student Larry Saperstein was selected as an alternate for All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble.