Jamestown High School seniors Abbie Johnson and Kirstie Hanson were selected for the New York State School Music (NYSSMA) Conference All-State for horn and voice respectively. Ms. Johnson and Ms. Hanson traveled to Rochester to participate in a four-day festival culminating in a concert at the Eastman School of Music.
The process of selection into Conference All-States is rigorous with students preparing a NYSSMA Level VI solo to be evaluated in a regional competition. Students are recommended with a score of 98 or higher for Conference All-States. Selection committees look at each recommendation including teacher and adjudicator’s recommendation and assign students to eight all-state performing ensembles.
Last year, over 6,500 students auditioned with only 900 accepted across the state to participate in Conference All-States.
“Being selected for NYSSMA Conference All-State is the highest musical achievement our students can receive while in high school,” said Jamestown High School Band Director Meghan Murray. “As a music department, we could not be more proud of these two phenomenal students. They both participate in the band, chorus and orchestra programs at JHS and contribute greatly to those programs. Both students are exceptional representatives of our school, community and city.”