Elementary students perform at RFA
for 2012 All-County Music Festival

CONCENTRATION ¿ Clarinetist Cianna Currie furrows her brow in concentration during rehearsal for the Elementary All-County Music Festival at RFA on Saturday. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

EYES RIGHT ¿ French horn player Carlos Colon of Westmoreland peeks at the score during rehearsal at RFA during the Elementary All-County Music Festival. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

MUTED PRACTICE ¿ Trumpet players Dillion Pfendler of Strough and Christian Pawlowski of Whitesboro rehearse at RFA for the Elementary All-County Music Festival on Saturday. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

PLAYING AROUND ¿ Tyler Jenks, representing Rome schools, toots his flute during rehearsal at Rome Free Academy for the Elementary All-County Music Festival held Saturday at the school. He was one of a couple hundred students who performed in the band, choir or orchestra. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Rome Free Academy hosted the 2012 Elementary All-County Music Festival special concert Saturday evening.

Students rehearsed Friday and Saturday at RFA before the concert.

Students performing in choir, band and orchestra represented schools from throughout Oneida County.

The orchestra, conducted by Shawn Hawley, strings teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School and General Herkimer and Jefferson elementary schools in Utica, performed "Rondo" from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by W. A. Mozart;

Also, "Along the River" by Elena Roussanova Lucas; and "Jump," words and music by the rock band Van Halen.

The band was directed by Hilary Nawoj, music teacher at Clinton Central School, and performed Andromeda Overture, arranged by Mark Williams;

Also, themes from Star Wars Episode 3 "Revenge of the Sith," by John Williams; Korean Folk Rhapsody, arranged by James Curnow; and "Back to the 50s," by Michael Green.

Choir was directed by Ryan Decker, elementary, junior and senior high school choral director and general music teacher at Sauquoit Valley Central School.

The choir performed "The Dream Keeper" from the Trilogy of Dreams, by Rollo A. Dilworth; "Consider Yourself!" from Oliver, by Lionel Bart; The Drinking Gourd traditional spiritual; and Ching a Ring Chaw, arranged by Linda Spevacek.