Wardell, Edwards, and DeFanti Selected for NYSSMA

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The Cazenovia High School Music Department is pleased to announce that three students were selected for NY State Conference All-State Music Ensembles. The students rehearsed with esteemed conductors and other top student musicians from throughout New York State during the annual Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) held from November 29th – December 2nd, 2018 in Rochester, NY. Emma Wardell, a senior flutist, was selected for the Wind Ensemble.  Sophomore, Claire Edwards was selected for Women’s Choir. Senior, Ronan DeFanti was selected for Mixed Chorus. Emma is a member of Cazenovia’s High School Wind Ensemble Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Chorus. Claire is a member of the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, and String Ensemble. Ronan participates in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Concert Band. The All-State experience begins with a music teacher, his or her student, and an accompanist spending countless hours preparing a NYSSMA Level VI solo which must be selected from repertoire lists in the current NYS manual. Last spring, over 6,500 sophomores and juniors from across the state of New York prepared for All-State evaluations in the hope of being selected. The concerts were held in the magnificent “Eastman Theatre” (University of Rochester) which has been Rochester’s preeminent performance space since its opening in 1922. This historic space has hosted the world’s greatest musicians and conductors.

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