Nine talented student-musicians from Sachem High School North and East were selected to showcase their musical mastery during the 2019 New York State School Music Association’s All-State Festival at the Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York, from Dec. 5-8.
From High School East, Natalie Hartmann has been selected as an alto to perform in the mixed chorus. Additionally, Kayleigh Di Brico and Valeria Mei have been selected as alternates to play the violin.
From High School North, Emily Ashby will perform as a soprano in the mixed chorus, Brett Lynott will perform as a tenor in the mixed chorus and Nistha Boghra will play the flute with the symphonic band. Selected as alternates, Mili Das will play the violin, Alyssa Koza will sing in the chorus as a soprano and Ryan Sojka will play the saxophone.
The arduous selection process for selecting an All-State musician includes teacher recommendations, audition scores at the NYSMMA solo evaluation festival during the prior spring and exemplary participation in other performing organizations. Approximately 7,000 students audition for the eight All-State performing groups and just under 900 are selected to participate annually.