The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) has struck the right note this year in their selection of four New Paltz High School (NPHS) students who will represent the district as participants and/or alternates for the 2020 NYSSMA All-State Performing Ensemble(s).
Three New Paltz High School seniors have been selected for the All-State Mixed Chorus: Eliza Behrke as Soprano 1, Andrew Geher as Bass 2, and Ryan Hovey as Tenor 1. Carl Schroer, also a senior, was chosen as an Alternate for Snare Drum.
Due to restrictions and concerns related to COVID-19, NYSSMA’s annual Winter Conference in Rochester has unfortunately been canceled. However, NYSSMA is assembling the All-State ensembles in a remote format to record a 2020 Virtual All-State Concert. The concert will feature performances of each of the All-State ensembles.
NPHS Principal Dr. Mario Fernández said the selection to participate in the 2020 All-State Performing Ensemble is a rare and unique award bestowed upon the accomplished musician or vocalist. “We hope that this recognition will help broaden their contribution to the musical establishment and encourage our students as they continue in their pursuit of musical and entertainment success,” he added. “We are very proud.”
The mission of the New York State School Music Association is to advance music education across New York State for its membership and students in member school programs. About 7,000 students audition for the eight All-State performing groups, and just under 900 are selected to participate annually. Approximately 100,000 students participate annually in spring adjudication festivals held around New York State.