Congratulations to the following High School student musicians recently selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference to be held December 2nd - December 5th, 2010 in Rochester, New York.
Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at Solo and Ensemble Festivals throughout New York State and the Niskayuna Music Department is very proud of their achievement!
Congratulations to the following High School student musicians recently selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association Area All-State Music Festival. This year's festival will be held at Saratoga Springs High School on November 19th and 20th.
"Do you know this girl? Her story started over 2,000 years ago - in China. It's true. And since then in a hundred different times and places she's had a hundred different names. But today our story takes place in a time that's neither now or then, in a kingdom neither here nor there - but very important just the same. And today we will call the girl… Cinderella. Oh, Cinderella was a good child, sweet-natured and kind - and like so many kind people, she was taken advantage of by other people -- the kind who are not so kind. Now, it just so happened that I took it upon myself to watch over the dear child, and… But I'm getting ahead of myself… Here's where the story really begins…"
Congratulations to senior Emily Wilkerson! Emily performed Voices of Light with Albany Pro Musica on Saturday November 6th at EMPAC. She is also an Apprentice for the Verdi Requiem.
The following students have been invited to join the Empire State Youth Chorale for the annual Melodies of Christmas:
Gospel Festival, Take Two – For the second year in a row, an AMAZING time was had by all 66 students who attended the Gospel Festival at Hartwick College. Students from Concert Chorale, Choir, and Ladies First boarded buses for a 7 a.m. departure on Saturday November 13th to Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. The day was spent learning all music by rote from clinician Dr. Raymond Wise from Columbus, Ohio. At 6:30 p.m. a final concert was held, followed by a stop at Brooks BBQ. The students also were able to have a college experience in that they ate at the dining hall for lunch at Hartwick! Dr. Jirka Kratochvil will visit Concert Chorale on Wednesday November 17th to share about a 2011 Gospel Festival in Prague and to invite students to join in the celebration. The Hartwick College Jazz Choir also sang for chorale on that day. MANY, MANY THANKS TO the Niskayuna Friends of Music FOR ENDOWING THE $500 MINI-GRANT TO OFFSET COSTS. Also, many thanks to Edwin Graham, Bill Wilkerson, and Deb Willey who chaperoned the trip (and participated in the festival!).
Congratulations to the following Middle School musicians selected to perform in the New York State Band Director's Association annual Symposium. These students were selected from hundreds of students across the state based on their 2010 NYSSMA scores and teacher recommendations.
Congratulations to Brittany Feuerstein, flute; Kevin Koste, clarinet; Emily Morra, clarinet; Alessandra Shellard, clarinet; Samantha Burgess, trumpet; Chad Rockwell, trumpet; and Clark Davis, French Horn.
Congratulations to Mrs. Rice and the Van Antwerp Grade 7/8 Choir!
They were invited to the WMHT studio to record for the upcoming holiday season program.
On Saturday December 18th, Bel Canto Voices, the a cappella vocal ensemble at Niskayuna High School participated in the first annual "Caroling for CA$H" - a fundraiser for the Niskayuna Friends of Music. Students strolled through Old Niskayuna wearing Victorian Costumes made by Rosendale nurse Lauren Fox. After caroling through the neighborhood, many gathered for a concert and community sing-a-long in front of Northeastern Fine Jewelers on Union Street. Special thanks to Matt Cremisio, Lauren Fox, Sally Deaton, and Jennifer Wilkerson for their help behind the scenes. Also, many thanks to Ray Blesser, owner of Northeastern Fine Jewelers for offering the space in front of his business for the community caroling, cookies, and hot chocolate!!!
NISKY FIDDLE KIDS TO PERFORM AT DANCE FLURRY FESTIVAL
The Iroquois Fiddle Club, AKA "Nisky Fiddle Kids" were invited to perform at the annual Dance Flurry festival in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday, February 19, with their teacher, Ms. Teresa Broadwell.
The Dance Flurry is a one of the largest winter dance festivals in the North East that attracts 6,000 - 8,000 people from all over the country! The focus is on traditional dancing, and all the music is provided by live musicians. There are hundreds of performers and venues to hear live music. Also, numerous workshops and performances which children and adults may attend.