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FHS Student-Musicians Perform at Prestigious Long Island String Festival

Five Farmingdale High School student-musicians performed at the prestigious Long Island String Festival—hosted by the Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA)—on November 16-17, 2018, at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown. The students selected to perform include: Julianne Malanowski, Julia Sohl, Abigail Faber, Juliana Young, and Antonio Castano. 

Each year, the festival attracts some of the most sought-after conductors in the country. This year, the guest conductors were Dr. Yvette Devereaux for the ninth and tenth grade division, and Soon Hee Newbold for the eleventh and twelfth grade division.

Performance spots were fiercely competitive this year. A record-breaking number of students received perfect New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State solo scores, making for a very difficult selection process. Farmingdale High School Orchestra Director Therese Mannino said, “It is a huge testament to the students’ diligence and discipline that they were chosen for this island-wide festival.”

Woodward Parkway Orchestra Director Tara Cocheo and Saltzman E. Memorial/Northside Elementary Orchestra Director Erika Felker served as LISFA chair people for the eleventh and twelfth grade division.

 Ninth and Tenth Grade Division in concert.