JHS Students Attend NYSSMA’s All-State Conference

Elise Jones, Gavin Card and Kara Triscari, Jamestown high School NYSSMA All-State honorees, are pictured.

Elise Jones, Gavin Card and Kara Triscari, Jamestown high School NYSSMA All-State honorees, are pictured.

Jamestown High School students Elise Jones, Gavin Card and Kara Triscari represented the school at NYSSMA’s All-State Conference in Rochester.

“We are extremely proud of Elise, Gavin and Kara who have spent countless hours on their craft,” said Katie Derrenbacher, Jamestown High School orchestra director. “It is a great honor to be chosen for All-State Conference. The JHS students performed their NYSSMA festival solo at such a high level that they were invited to perform at the state conference.”

The All-State experience begins with a music educator and his or her student spending countless hours preparing a NYSSMA Level VI All-State solo. Last spring, more than 6,500 sophomores and juniors from across the state of New York prepared for All-State evaluations in the hope of being selected. New York state is divided into 15 regional zones by NYSSMA. The zones represent geographic areas within the state and also take into account the student populations within these zones. The All-State selection “process” begins with the solo being evaluated by a NYSSMA Certified All-State adjudicator at one of these designated sites. At the conclusion of the festival, the All-State adjudicators create a rank ordered proficiency list of all students being recommended. Every student who earns a score of 98-100 must be recommended. The All-State Selection Committee reviews: member school music teacher recommendations, adjudicator recommendations, the candidate’s previous NYSSMA Solo ratings, grade in school, zone representation, participation in the previous year’s All-State and participation in other performing organizations.

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