Farmingdale Students to Perform in All County Music Festival
Largest Group in Farmingdale History Selected to Perform in Prestigious Event
The Farmingdale School District announced today that 122 Farmingdale students were recently selected to perform in the prestigious All County Music Festival held at Tilles Center. This is the largest group of Farmingdale students ever selected to perform.
“As part of the District’s dedication to providing a rigorous curriculum in the arts, the District offers a variety of advanced instruction in many forms of music,” said Farmingdale School District Superintendent John Lorentz. “Farmingdale students’ selection to perform in this event is a testament to both the Farmingdale education and these students incredible talent.”
Students were chosen based on their scores in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Adjudication Festival and by teacher recommendations. Farmingdale teachers nominated students who were subsequently chosen in several divisions including Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band.
In addition to being selected for the All County Music Festival, several students also received individual honors as well. In Division II Chorus, Jenna Hammelman sang in a solo group. In Division IV Band, Alexander Felker was Principal Trombone and Jessica Finkel was Principal French Horn. In Division V Orchestra, Abigail Grote was Principal Bassoon and Giovanni Maraboli was Principal Tuba. In Vocal Jazz, Sooji Kang performed a solo.
“Students and teachers from throughout the District came together in an inspiring way to collaborate towards this event, learning how to accomplish their goals through teamwork and dedication,” said Farmingdale School District Fine Arts Director Rita Padden. “Performing at the All County Music Festival is a remarkable tribute to these students’ and teachers’ success.”
Before and after school and at lunch time, Farmingdale teachers worked with students to prepare the challenging All County Festival music. Farmingdale teachers involved in this exhaustive effort were: Secondary teachers Sam Gelfer, Ed Kozlowski, Barbara Lieberman, Therese Mannino, Jessica Mischke, Gina Pellettiere, Andy Segale, Matthew Szabo, Jennifer Tower, Danielle Tucker and Claire Zatorski; Elementary teachers involved were Joe DeAngelis, Matthew DeMasi, Joan Drewes, Katie Duke, Pat Facchiano, Erika Felker, Erica Hartmann, Catherine McLoughlin, Emily Rhodes, and Tara Porcaro.