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NYSSMA performersCCHS Musicians Perform at Area All-State Music Festival

Twenty Colonie Central High School music students performed at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Area All-State Music Festival at Saratoga Springs High School on November 20-21.

Students were selected based on their high scores on an adjudicated NYSSMA solo last spring and teacher recommendation.

The participants performed alongside other talented high school students from a 50-mile radius in an honors band, orchestra, chorus, and jazz band.  Guest conductors included Erica Washburn (chorus) from New England Conservatory, Donald Carducci (band) from Orchard Park, and Ken Jernigan (Orchestra) from Hastings-on-Hudson.  After a weekend of intensive rehearsals, the students presented a concert showcasing their achievements.

Performing with the band were Emily Benson (percussion), Corynn Dziezynski (horn), Rachel Kim (clarinet), Jessica Shave (euphonium), and Dakota Wilkinson (trumpet). Performing with the chorus was Rachel Ault (Soprano). Performing with the orchestra were Laura Avila (viola), Ryan Devanandan (violin), Janine Hvizdos (violin), Jamie Lam (violin), Meixin Liang (violin), Laura Matthews (Viola), John McCormick (cello), Lindsey Podlaski (Cello), Lucas Richard (string bass), Nicholas Sterge (violin), Leah Sutherland (horn), Christina Tran (horn), Serena Unser (viola), and Destin Yee (violin).