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WCSD Students Earn All-Eastern Honors Ensemble Recognition

Webster CSD is proud to announce 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 (NAfME) All Eastern Honors Festival in Pittsburgh, PA from April 4-7, 2019.  
 
Rebecca, Annalise and Veronica will sing in the mixed choir with renowned conductor and composer Rollo Dilworth, professor at Temple University.
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Vani will play violin in the orchestra under the baton of Jung-Ho Pak, artistic director and conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.
 
Logan will sing in the treble chorus, conducted by Sandra Snow, professor of choral conducting and music education at Michigan State University.
 
Four hundred of the best student musicians from 13 eastern states will be participating in five ensembles representing chorus, band, orchestra, and jazz.  For a high school musician, this regional recognition with an elite group of performers is an exceptional opportunity.
 
Webster CSD is also pleased to announce that 12 students have been selected to represent their school at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All-State in Rochester, November 29-December 2. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state. Concerts will be held at the acclaimed Eastman Theatre after rehearsals take place throughout the conference.  
 
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.
 
Webster CSD would also like to congratulate a total of 57 student musicians in our secondary music department who participated in the NYSSMA Junior High (grades 7-9) and Senior High (grades 10-12) Area-All-State festivals this month in band, chorus, or orchestra.  These are emotionally motivating performance experiences on their own and steppingstones to conference and national levels.
 
“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.”
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