Student-Musicians Perform With Renowned Conductors

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Seven Riverhead High School students were among approximately 900 student-musicians who performed in the All-State Festival at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester on Dec. 7-8. They performed in five out of the eight distinguished ensembles, which were led by world-renowned conductors. 

The students were selected based on their performances at the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival last spring. Their tireless efforts in practice and rehearsal culminated in outstanding performances at the annual statewide event. 

“I had the pleasure of watching each of these students become better musicians during their time working with fantastic conductors,” said Riverhead High School choral director Dena Marie Tishim. “They are certain to remember this weekend for a long time to come.” 

The Riverhead Central School District congratulates each of the following students on their exceptional musical accomplishments: 

Laura Allen and William Green played bass clarinet and percussion, respectively, in the All-State Symphonic Band under the direction of Purdue University professor Jay S. Gephart, a well-known, award-winning band conductor and clinician.

Nathaniel Bollermann performed with the All-State String Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Mick from Ithaca College, an adjunct professor, researcher, author and advocate for music education.

Lauren Enos was chosen for Clarinet I in the All-State Symphonic Orchestra, guided under the baton of University of Illinois professor Donald Schleicher, who frequently serves as a guest conductor on the international stage, as well.

Sarah Jordan is a two-time All-State participant who performed with the Treble Choir under the direction of Dr. Lori Hetzel. Dr Hetzel is the director of choral activities at the University of Kentucky and serves as the artistic director of the Lexington Singers Children's Choir.  
Ethan Lucas and Madison Payne were chosen for the Mixed Choir, where they sang under the direction of University of Michigan’s Dr. Jerry Blackstone, who was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for his recording of the opera “L’Orestie d’Eschyle.”