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Islip Students Hit High Notes

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The Islip Public Schools Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Islip High School are proud to announce the selection of three students as alternates to the New York State School Music Association All-State Honor Ensembles and eight students who will perform with the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

NYSSMA student-musicians Hannah Evans (flute), Maggie Frazer (voice) and Isabella Green were selected for the All-State Festival based on their performance in the NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival. All-County Vocal Jazz student-musicians Ella Beiser (alto), Lucas Bohr (bass), Richie Castronova (bass), Leah Cyran (alto), Maggie Frazer (alto), Madelynn Lang (alto), Daniel Rubinson (bass) and Jordyn Zurbaran (alto) were selected through an audition process that took place last spring among hundreds of applicants throughout Suffolk County and New York State.

Students prepare for the festivals with the assistance of their school music teachers and then participate in a series of rehearsals that conclude with a concert. The students will have the opportunity to work and perform under the leadership of highly skilled directors from the college music community and the professional music industry. All-State performances will be held during the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, on Dec. 2-5. The All-County Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform at the SCMEA Day of Jazz, held on Nov. 6, at East Islip High School. American vocalist and director of Elvanelle music, Kimberly Hawkey, will work with and conduct participants at the Day of Jazz.

“We are extremely thrilled to have these remarkable student musicians representing Islip Schools in the All-State and All-County festivals. Their selection is a testament to their hard work and their teachers’ support,” District Director of Fine and Performing Arts Brian Kroll stated.