CCHS senior performs at All-State Music Festival

Kristine Kim, a CCHS Senior, performed at the NYSSMA All-State Festival in Rochester, NY on Dec. 2-5, 2021.

Kristine Kim, grade 12, performed at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Music Festival in Rochester, NY, on Dec, 2-5, 2021.

Kim, a violinist, was chosen from high school students across the state to play violin in the All-State Symphony Orchestra.  She was selected based on her score from her NYSSMA solo evaluation last spring.  Kim earned a perfect score of 100 at level 6, which is the highest level of difficulty recognized by the NYSSMA.  Kim was among 145 high school juniors and seniors selected to perform.

Selected students convened in Rochester on Dec. 2.  After three days of intensive rehearsals, the orchestra performed a concert at the magnificent Kodak Hall, Eastman Theater, at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.  Dr. Rachel Dirks (Kansas State University) was the guest conductor.

The orchestra performed Hungarian Dance No. 6 by Brahms and two movements of Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.  As a display of solidarity and support for the community of the recent tragedy in Oxford, Michigan, the orchestra performed an encore: the Fight Song of the Oxford, Michigan, High School.

To view a performance of the All-State orchestra, please click here:

Although South Colonie regularly has students selected to perform at All-State, Kristine Kim is the only violinist to have been selected in the past twenty years!  

Two other South Colonie students were selected as alternates for this year’s All-State festival:  Stilian Mile (grade 12, cello) and Hailey Lotz (grade 11, clarinet).