Three named to All-State Chorus
High School seniors Shelby Callaghan and Frank Sheffield and junior
Johnna Bernard have been selected to perform in New York State School
Music Association's (NYSSMA) annual All-State Music Festival to be held
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of
Shelby and Johnna will perform with the All-State
Women's Chorus and Frank will perform with the All-State Mixed Chorus. The three students competed against more than 7000
talented high school musicians to fill just 790 places in the
festival's eight performing groups.
"A school is honored to have a single musician
selected to All-State," said Ilion Music Department Chairman Mark
"To have three students selected is extraordinary.
Having Shelby, Johnna, and Frank all singing is a sign of the
incredible musical talent in our school. Our music department could
not be any prouder of them."
The competition is open to sophomores and juniors
who rehearse and perform in a high school music ensemble. Under the
guidance of their high school music teachers, the competitors rehearse
complicated musical pieces that they later perform before an
adjudicator (judge) at an area festival.
Judges compile a list of the highest scoring
students. That list and individual score sheets then go on to a
selection committee that matches the most qualified musicians with the
available spots in each ensemble.
The selected students then travel to Rochester the
following school year to rehearse and perform at the two-day
performance. Internationally renowned college professors lead and
conduct the groups.
Mr. Bunce noted that working with world-class
conductors and performing with such talented musicians is a rare
opportunity for high school students.
"This level of student accomplishment is made
possible only with the support of our community and our board of
education. Music and the other arts are important parts of a
student's education and we thank everyone for making this possible,"
said Mr. Bunce.