2005-03-18 / Community

All-County Music Festival Held

High School front from left: Caitlin Crowley, Jenna Kirschner, Colleen Gearns, Jackie D’Aversa, Erin Lynch, Joan Persico, Nicole Mercer, Kaitlyn Rose, Ashley Repetti. Middle from left: Amanda LeSueur,  Anika Merchants, Gregory Wright, Kelly Kiernan, Maggie Tihler, Nelson de Oliveira, Mike Intregila, Colleen Spain, Isabella Bergagini, Caitlin Donohue. Back from left: Andrew Kong, Matt Poon, Ryan Torino, Dan Ohngemach, Dan Baldessari, Brian Capaldo, Colin Quinn.High School front from left: Caitlin Crowley, Jenna Kirschner, Colleen Gearns, Jackie D’Aversa, Erin Lynch, Joan Persico, Nicole Mercer, Kaitlyn Rose, Ashley Repetti. Middle from left: Amanda LeSueur, Anika Merchants, Gregory Wright, Kelly Kiernan, Maggie Tihler, Nelson de Oliveira, Mike Intregila, Colleen Spain, Isabella Bergagini, Caitlin Donohue. Back from left: Andrew Kong, Matt Poon, Ryan Torino, Dan Ohngemach, Dan Baldessari, Brian Capaldo, Colin Quinn. The Nassau Music Educators Association held its annual All-County Festival at the Tilles Center January 14-16. The finest student musicians in Nassau County were selected to perform in choral, orchestral and band ensembles under the baton of prominent guest conductors. A week long, grueling rehearsals culminated in a series of spectacular concerts. With more than six dozen students selected from its districtwide music program, the Garden City schools were extremely well represented.

Middle School, top from left: Jared Mitchell (chorus), Matt Baldessari (orchestra), Kevin Lawkins (orchestra), Joe Wolf (band), Christ Burcheri (chorus). Middle from left: Jan Gong (orchestra), Christine Pando (band), Sarah D’Antonio (chorus), K.C. Hesterberg (band), Caroline Tarzian (band). Bottom from left: Lauren Beisner (band), Ali Ransland  (band), Lauren Engelka (chorus), Liz Lisoski (Chorus). Absent: Allison Rogers (chorus), Tina Dampman, Chris   Theobalt.Middle School, top from left: Jared Mitchell (chorus), Matt Baldessari (orchestra), Kevin Lawkins (orchestra), Joe Wolf (band), Christ Burcheri (chorus). Middle from left: Jan Gong (orchestra), Christine Pando (band), Sarah D’Antonio (chorus), K.C. Hesterberg (band), Caroline Tarzian (band). Bottom from left: Lauren Beisner (band), Ali Ransland (band), Lauren Engelka (chorus), Liz Lisoski (Chorus). Absent: Allison Rogers (chorus), Tina Dampman, Chris Theobalt. In a county as populous as Nassau, All-County selections are very competitive. On the secondary level, selection committees comprised of music teachers from across the county are convened to choose members based on the instrumentation and vocal requirements of the ensemble. Students are selected by virtue of the score they received at the adjudicated NYSSMA solo festival held the previous spring, which must be among the highest in the county.

Stratford School from left: McLane Rich, Jillian Yoo, James Elustondo, Alina Ranjbaran, Melissa Hausser.Stratford School from left: McLane Rich, Jillian Yoo, James Elustondo, Alina Ranjbaran, Melissa Hausser. In addition to student participants, the faculty inn the Middle and High School Music Departments highly involved in the All County Music Festival. Stephen Mayo, Garden City High School and Garden City Middle School choral teacher, and Eric Mordhorst, Middle School band director, deserve special recognition for serving as festival chairs for the High School Division III Chorus anDivision IV Band respectively.

Stewart School from left: Joanna Jaeger, Christian Ferzola, Kera Martin, Valerie Nuzzolo.Stewart School from left: Joanna Jaeger, Christian Ferzola, Kera Martin, Valerie Nuzzolo. Participants:

Garden City High School:

Daniel BaldessariViolin

Andrew KongViolin

Colleen SpainVioloncello

Brian CapaldoTenor

Nelson de Oliveira Tenor

Caitlyn DonohueAlto

Kelly KiernanAlto

James LadnerBass

Amanda LeSueurSoprano

Erin LynchSoprano

Kelly MadiganAlto

Luke MitchellBass

Danie OhngemachBass

Joan PersicoAlto

Matthew PoonBass

Kaitlyn RoseAlto

Ryan TorinoBass

Lora TucciAlto

Caitlin CrowleyAlto

Jaclyn BaversaSoprano

Michael IntregilaBass

Ashley RepettiAlto

Erin AlveyTrumpet

Colleen GearnsFlute

Nik KothariTenor Saxophone

Nicole Dory MercerFlute

Anika MerchantsFrench Horn

Colin QuinnTrombone

Melanie WegenerClarinet

Gregory WrightFrench Horn

Isabella BergagniniFlute

Jenna KirschnerBassoon

Maggie TittlerFlute

Garden City Middle School:

Lauren BeisnerClarinet

Tina DampmanMallet Percussion

KC HesterbergTenor Saxophone

Chris TheobaltJazz Guitar

Joseph WolfTuba

Matthew BaldessariViolin

Jan GongVioloncello

Kevin LawkinsDouble Bass

Chris Burcheri Baritone

Sarah D’AntonioSoprano

Lauren EngelkeChorus

Elizabeth LisoskiChorus

Jared MitchellBaritone

Allison RogersChorus

Christine PandoClarinet

Alexandra RamslandFrench Horn

Caroline Tarzian Flute

Stewart School

Keara MartinViolin

Christian FerzolaChorus

Joanna JaegerChorus

Valerie NuzzoloClarinet

Stratford School:

McLaine RichVocal

Alina Ranjbaran Violin 1

James ElustondoAlto Saxophone

Jillian YooVocal

Melissa HausserVocal

Congratulations to all the students on their brilliant performances.

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