Clinton students selected to participate in 2020 All-State music ensembles

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Thirteen students from area high schools, including two at Clinton, have been selected to participate in the 2020 virtual All-State music ensembles, announced the Oneida County Music Educators’ Association (OCMEA).

Students will participate in concerts being held virtually this year during the Cyber Summit of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), from Dec. 3-5.

“This concert will bring the most talented high school students in all of New York state to perform together, and students will have the opportunity to work with world-class clinicians to rehearse music to be performed,” said the announcement.

Among students, categories in which they were selected, and their schools:

• Clinton — Rebecah Bashant, the Mixed Chorus as an Alto 1; Elizabeth Wratten, the Treble Choir as an Alto 1.

They both regularly perform in the school’s Mixed Chorus and Chamber Singers. Bashant also plays the clarinet in the Wind Ensemble and has participated in every musical throughout her four years of high school.

Wratten also has played the bass clarinet in the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra throughout her four years of high school and has had featured roles in her high school musical productions.

• New Hartford — Rosee Head, the String Orchestra for violin 1; Emma Hullar, the Mixed Chorus as an Alto 1; Leon Zong, the Wind Ensemble for Alto Saxophone.

Head and Hullar perform regularly with the High School Choir, while Head also performs regularly with the Senior High Orchestra where she serves as the concertmaster and with MASQUE, the school’s theatre club.

Zong regularly performs with the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, and last year was accepted to the Symphony Orchestra as a violin 1. He was again accepted to the Orchestra this year on saxophone, but chose to participate in the Wind Ensemble.

Hullar has participated in Area All-State during her sophomore and junior years, and was selected for the All-State Treble Choir last year. Zong has received several All-Star jazz awards throughout his high school career.

• Whitesboro — Madison Butler, an alternate for Soprano 2; Isabella Cirasuolo, the Treble Choir as an Alto1; Natalie Little, the Mixed Chorus as a Soprano 2.

All perform regularly with the A’Cappella Chorus and Chamber Choir. Butler has also played the Alto Saxophone in Symphonic Band and Jazz Band throughout her high school career, and participated in Area All-State in 11th grade.

Cirasuolo and Little have participated in NYSSMA and the school musicals during each of their four years at the high school, and participated in Area All-State in grades 10 and 11.

“The music educators of Oneida County are extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments. The hard work and dedication demanded by their craft is evident,” the OCMEA announcement said.

“....We would like to thank parents, teachers, family members, and friends for their support of music in the lives of each of these musicians, and for fostering the desire for excellence.”

• Adirondack High School — Evelyn Simanowski, the Mixed Chorus as a Soprano 2. She regularly performs with the Concert Choir and Evergreen, the school’s show choir.

She has also had several leading roles in the school’s musicals.

This year she was given the MProctor Theatre Guild Youth Performer Award and Scholarship, and was one of 50 students selected for this year’s New England Conservatory National Youth Chorale Festival.

• Rome Free Academy — Chandni Desai, the Mixed Chorus as an Alto 2; Kayleen Martelli, the Symphonic Band on flute; Abigail Morgan, the Treble Choir as a Soprano 1; Lauren Taylor, the Mixed Chorus as a Soprano 1.

Desai, Morgan and Taylor perform with the Academy Singers, RFA’s Rhapsody show choir, and the RFA musicals.

Desai also plays the flute in the RFA Wind Ensemble, while Morgan also regularly performs in the RFA Student Alumni Cabaret and Taylor in the RFA Select Choir. Martelli regularly performs in RFA’s Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir, Marching Band, musicals, and is a member of the school Jazz Band where she plays the piano.

Desai performed in Area All-State during her sophomore and junior years, and has prepared flute and vocal solos for NYSSMA Solo Festival since 8th grade. Martelli performed at Area All-State during her sophomore and junior years, has prepared solos for NYSSMA Solo Festival every year since 8th grade, and was selected as an alternate at last year’s Conference All-State.

Morgan has participated in NYSSMA Solo Festival since 7th grade, performed a solo in last year’s Area All-State Treble Choir, and received the Outstanding Musician Award at the Crane Youth Music summer camp at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music in 2018.

Taylor has participated in NYSSMA Solo Festival during her sophomore and junior years, and performed at last year’s Area All-State.

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