ALL COUNTY, ALL STATE AND ALL NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVALS
Amy Methven, Chloe Halpin, Elise Littlefield, James Rios, Michael Harris, Nick Waldron and Peter Cook
(September 29, 2014) CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RHS MUSICIANS who have been chosen to attend (or are alternates to) the 11th and 12th grade All Suffolk County Festival sponsored by NYSCAME and SCMEA, the All State Music Festival in Rochester, NY and, this year, to the All National Music Festival in Nashville, TN:
Amy Methven (Violin)
ALL NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL will conclude with a performance on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN,
on October 29.
Peter Cook (trombone)
Michael Harris (Alternate) (alto sax)
James Rios (Alternate) (alto sax)
2014 NYSSMA All State Music Festival is held in Rochester, NY in December, 2014
11th & 12th Grade All County
Peter Cook (trombone)
Michael Harris (alto sax)
Nick Waldron (tuba)
Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at Solo and Ensemble Festivals throughout New York State. In order to qualify to attend these festivals, students must have received a perfect (or nearly perfect) score on their solos at the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Solo competition*.
*NYSSMA grades provide an objective standard that is used for acceptance to honors performing ensembles such as NMEA All-County and Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA), outside student music organizations such as Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and Gemini, many music camps, and should be included in college applications and recommendations.
The festivals also serve as audition sites for the All-State bands, choruses and orchestras for students in grades 10 and 11 who elect, in advance, to perform their level VI solo for an All-State adjudicator.
RHS VIOLINIST, AMY METHVEN, CHOSEN TO ATTEND NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NASHVILLE, TN
(September 29, 2014) Amy Methven, a senior at RHS, began playing the violin when she was 8 years old. She has participated in All County Music Festivals since she was in fifth grade. Her hard work and practice has paid off. Amy is one of only 100 high school musicians selected from high schools throughout the country who have been chosen to attend and perform in the All National Honor Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious ALL NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL in Nashville, TN in October. This amazing musical experience will conclude with a performance on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House.
This select group of students will have the opportunity to work with internationally recognized conductor Gerard Schwarz of the Seattle Symphony during a three-day conference leading up to their performance on October 29. There were reportedly 10,000 applicants for 100 orchestra seats. Students will attend rehearsal and training sessions during the three days prior to their performance. The students in the orchestra will be playing a symphonic poem called “October,” by 20th century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
“Gerard Schwarz is a celebrity in the classical world, and I am really, really excited to play under his direction and meet all the other music students who will be attending the music festival,” Amy said.
RHS orchestra teacher, Marisa Macchio, encouraged Amy to apply for All-National honors. "Amy’s enthusiasm is what makes her stand out from her peers," notes Ms. Macchio. "She is constantly striving to improve and is always open to constructive criticism to help her learn a skill or play a difficult musical passage."
"I am very busy," shares Amy. "I spend several hours outside of my regular school day going to private lessons, youth orchestra and pre-college classes a Stony Brook University. If I’m not doing that, I’m practicing, studying or working,” she says. “It is a big commitment, but I love it.”
Amy IS very busy. In addition to her musical pursuits, she is ranked sixth in her graduating class, is a member of Mentathletes, the National Honor Society and Latin Club. She is also a co-captain of the Varsity Girls' Tennis Team and has a job at the Dilberto Winery.
Amy plans to continue to play the violin in college but major in neuroscience. Congratulations, Amy!
RHS 9TH GR. CELLIST IS CHOSEN AS SOLOIST FOR STONY BROOK UNIV. ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Concert Flyer / Interview with Yasmine / MORE
(February 11, 2015) RHS ninth grader Yasmine Kocan, who began playing the cello as a sixth grader in the District’s summer music lessons program, has been chosen as the featured high school student performer in Stony Brook University Orchestra’s Annual Family Concert entitled “Musical Excursions and Travels”. The concert is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 7:30PM, at the Staller Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 631-632-ARTS or at the Staller Center Box Office. (For more information, call 631.632.7330. )
“I started Yasmine on cello the summer of 2011 during the Pulaski Summer Music Program,” explains RHS orchestra director Marisa Macchio. “I could tell from the start that she was gifted and had an exceptional ear for music. She started studying privately a few years later, and since then, has blossomed into a very talented young cellist. I am very proud of Yasmine’s accomplishments thus far and am excited for what the future holds for her." >More
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MUSIC IN THE PARKS 2014
(May 23, 2014) The Riverhead High School Music Department had a great trip to Music in the Parks this year.
Eighty students from the music department traveled to Six Flags America in Maryland to perform for some very accomplished adjudicators.
The Chamber Orchestra received an Excellent Rating;
the Jazz Band received 2nd place with an Excellent Rating;
the Chamber Choir received 1st place with a Superior Rating
and Best Overall Choir. Taylor Burgess, who plans to attend the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase next year, received the Outstanding Vocalist Award
for her performance in Wade in The Water by Moses Hogan.
"The students put forth some very fine performances and truly made Riverhead proud,"
stated RHS music teacher Dena Tishim. >More
ELECTRIC STRING WORKSHOP AT RHS
Long Island Violin Shop in Huntington, NY sent two staff members, Estefan Cortez and David Wong, to work with the Riverhead High School orchestra during a FREE Electric String Instrument Workshop.
David Wong is the LI Violin Shop’s resident electric violin expert and (according to their website: www.liviolinshop.com) “has been called a ‘Rock Star’ in the violin world. He arranges rock, pop, and other top 40 hits into improvisation filled orchestrations.”
Electric Instrument Workshop from Sandra Kolbo on Vimeo.
www.liviolinshop.com / David Wong on Youtube
David demonstrated the magic of the electric violin and the flexibility of the electronic orchestration board he controlled with his foot to create “loops” to accompany his performance. He wowed the group with his performance on an electric violin.
David also taught the students how to “chop” the strings of their instruments with their bows. ("chopping" is a funk guitar technique in which the player plays chords or individual notes with the strings muted or even completely deadened.)
After David’s performance, the students had a chance to try out the electric violin and cello that the LIVS musicians brought with them.
“The students got to see first-hand how easy it can be to improvise on their string instruments,” noted RHS orchestra teacher Marisa Macchio. “They especially appreciated listening to David play pop songs on the violin that are familiar to them. When he taught them the parts to Pharrell’s “Get Lucky”, they were so into it. I myself appreciate and acknowledge that as a string player, you don’t always want to practice Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Getting out of your comfort zone and improvising along to popular music can reignite a student’s love for their instruments.”
A List of the students who will be attending SCEMEA from Grades 5-12.
Update on Music Events During the Holidays
HMEA MUSIC FESTIVAL
(January 25 - SCCC Brentwood) Forty-seven Riverhead High School students joined hundreds of students from across the Hamptons area to perform in the
2014 Hamptons Music Educator Association (HMEA) festival.
The students were chosen based on NYSSMA scores and auditions to perform in Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Band.
Participating schools included Bridgehampton, Center Moriches, East Hampton,
Eastport-South Manor, Hampton Bays, Riverhead, Sag Harbor, Southampton,
Southold, and Westhampton Beach.
RHS Chorus Director Dena Tishim stated, "The students had an amazing experience and the concert was fantastic. Three Riverhead students were chosen as choral soloists; Taylor Burgess, Chloe Halpin, and Ryan Mancnin."
(January 25, 2014) Forty-seven Riverhead High School students joined hundreds of students from across the Hamptons area to perform in the 2014 Hamptons Music Educator Association (HMEA) festival. The students were chosen based on NYSSMA scores and auditions to perform in Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Band.
Participating schools included Bridgehampton, Center Moriches, East Hampton, Eastport-South Manor, Hampton Bays, Riverhead, Sag Harbor, Southampton, Southold, and Westhampton Beach.
Guest Conductors included Band Director Dr. David Kehler from Kennesaw State University, Orchestra Director Matthew Gelfer from the Middle Country School District, Chorus Director Steven Brennfleck from the University of Texas, Austin, and Jazz Band Director Charles Sarling from Dowling College.
RHS Chorus Director Dena Tishim shared, "The students had an amazing experience and the concert was fantastic. Three Riverhead students were chosen as choral soloists; Taylor Burgess, Chloe Halpin, and Ryan Mancnin."
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RHS students who will be attending the Long Island String Festival: Matthew Barnard, Amy Methven, Aidan Saltini and David White
We are proud to announce that Taylor Burgess (Soprano) has been selected to represent Riverhead High School in this year's All State Mixed Choir. The choir will rehearse and perform during the NYSSMA Winter Conference, December 5th - 8th in Rochester, NY. This is Taylor's second year at All State. Taylor also attended the All County Music Festival. In addition, she participated in the New York State Summer School of the Arts - School of Choral Studies program. Congratulations, Taylor!
In addition, three students have been recognized as alternates to All State Ensembles; Noah Markewitz - Alto Saxophone, Amy Methven - Violin, and Jessica Sisti - Alto Saxophone.
Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at Solo and Ensemble Festivals throughout New York State.
The following students have been selected to participate in the 11th and 12th grade All Suffolk County Festival sponsored by NYSCAME and SCMEA: Taylor Burgess (Soprano), Amy Methven (Violin), and Jessica Sisti (Alto Saxophone). The concert will take place on Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:30 pm at Hauppauge High School.
Good luck to all.
Press contact: Stephanie Smith
East End Arts Announces
Music Masters Fellowship Program
Intensive Tuition-Free, Nine-Week String Ensemble Workshop, Fall 2013
Led by Professional Cellist & Conductor Nico Olarte-Hayes
(RIVERHEAD, NY, November 12, 2013) – East End Arts is thrilled to announce the commencement of the 2013 Music Masters Fellowship, a string ensemble of local high school student musicians participating in an intensive tuition-free, nine-week workshop under the baton of professional cellist and conductor Nico Olarte-Hayes. Nico Olarte-Hayes is an alumnus of the prestigious Perlman Music Program and is quickly establishing himself as one of today’s most promising musical talents.
Students applied to participate back in late summer and a select few were chosen to participate in this program. Applications came in from across Suffolk County and the final nine-piece string ensemble includes five violin students, one viola student, two cello students, and one double bass student:
- Matthew Barnard (age 17), violin, from Riverhead High School;
- Megan Brunner (age 15), violin, from Riverhead High School;
- Alaina Cruse (age 16), violin, from Westhampton Beach High School;
- Sarah Halpin (age 16), cello, from Riverhead High School;
- TeAndra Jenkins (age 15), violin, from Riverhead High School;
- Nicholas Kleinman (age 17), double bass, from Sachem High School North;
- Yasmine Kocan (age 13), cello, from Riverhead Middle School;
- Lauren Schaefer (age 12), violin, from Riverhead Middle School;
- Sarah Vaccaro (age 14), viola, from Bellport Middle School.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free final concert by this ensemble on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 PM at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus, in the Shinnecock Building, Hall 101, located at 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY. We thank Suffolk Community College for graciously providing the performance space. For more information about the final performance, visit http://www.eastendarts.org/calendar/event/2013/12/03/music-masters-fellowship-string-ensemble-final-concert.
For more information about the Music Masters Fellowship Program, contact the East End Arts School at 631-369-2171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Photo of Ensemble: 2nd from LEFT on cello is:
Second Photo: RHS students in the ensemble: TeAndra, Matthew, Megan and Sarah
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.
We are honored to have had the following students represent RHS in prestigious summer music programs:
Matthew Barnard - Ithaca College Orchestra Program
Megan Brunner, Ithaca College Orchestra Program
Taylor Burgess - New York State Summer School of the Arts - School of Choral Studies
Jocabed Caraballo - Ithaca College Orchestra Program
Sara Halpin - Stony Brook University Chamber Music Camp
Elise Littlefield - Ithaca College Vocal Institute
Amy Methven - Ithaca College Orchestra Program
Aria Saltini - Ithaca College Orchestra Program
Students from these competitive programs received daily musical instruction from nationally acclaimed faculty.
Congratulations to RHS senior Lydia Keiffert,
who will be receiving an Award of Merit
from the Long Island Arts Alliance.
Lydia is being recognized for her musical talent
and for her dedication to academics.
LIAA's Scholar-Artist Awards program recognizes students judged to be "the best of the best" on Long Island in both academics and in the arts. LIAA partners with area universities to offer full scholarships to qualified honorees. The LIAA Scholar-Artist Program is presented by the New York Community Bank Foundation and is produced in cooperation with Newsday.
Student nominees must meet the following minimum criteria:
• Each must be a graduating senior during the following academic year.
• Students must represent the highest level of artist excellence and superior academic achievement with an unweighted grade point average of 90 or above.
• School arts teachers may nominate students who meet these criteria. Students submit a performance recording or portfolio of their work, and an essay.
Final selections are made by panels of artists and arts educators.