Top Notes for Student-Musicians

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The New York State School Music Association selected Bellport High School student-musicians Taylor Kelly and Timothy Montick to perform at the 2019 NYSSMA All-State Winter Music Conference, to be held at the prestigious Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York on December 8. 

Taylor, an alternate, was selected to play French horn with the symphonic band, and Timothy was selected to play the trumpet with the symphony orchestra. The students were nominated and selected based on their NYSSMA solo and ensemble festival scores, held at Mt. Sinai High School last spring. This represents a remarkable achievement, as there were 6,500 students that auditioned statewide for a position in the All-State Music Festival.

In addition, eight students were selected to participate in the 2019 High School All-County Music Festival, sponsored by the Suffolk chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME) and the Suffolk Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA). More than 14 hours of rehearsals will culminate in a concert performance at Huntington High School on November 15. Selections were based upon each student’s NYSSMA Solo Festival rating and school music teacher nominations. This festival recognizes Suffolk County’s most accomplished high school music students in grades 11 and 12. 

Representing Bellport High School are the following:
Jack Burkhardt – clarinet – symphonic band
Vivian Fritz – harp – symphony orchestra
Taylor Kelly – French horn – symphony orchestra
Timothy Montick – trumpet – symphonic band
Anthony Notartomaso – euphonium – symphonic band
Troy Sica – viola – symphony orchestra
Ryan Voegele – trombone – symphony orchestra
AutumnMargaret Walthers – alto – treble choir

The District congratulates these talented student-musicians on their selection and best wishes for success at the All-State and All-County festivals.