Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Home to “All-Star” Musicians

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The Elwood Union Free School District is proud to announce that high school senior Ryan Harrigan has been named to the NAfME All-National Chorus. Ryan will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on October 30, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ryan is very active in the John H. Glenn music department, where he is the Tenor Section leader in Concert Choir and a member of the select Chamber Choir.  He plays the trombone in Concert band and Jazz Ensemble, and he is a drum major this year in Marching Band.  He is also a member of the music theory class and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Ryan’s hard work and talents have led him to such honors as the SCMEA Chorus, NYSCAME-All-County Chorus, All-State Chorus, and finally, the honor of participating in the All-National Chorus. According to chorus teacher Rachel Nagle, “Ryan’s teachers, peers and family are very proud of his accomplishments!”

In addition to Ryan’s honor, six additional musicians from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School have been selected to participate in the 78th Annual New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) All-State Conference. Congratulations to Solomon Choi (Symphony Orchestra, Cello), Alissa Liebler (Mixed Chorus, Alto 2), Thomas O’Rourke (Band Alternate, Bassoon), Jasmine Pigott (Mixed Chorus, Alto 1 and Band Alternate, Tuba), Colleen Proietto (Mixed Chorus, Soprano 2) and Lukas Shrout (Symphony Orchestra, Viola). These talented students will join approximately 900 musicians from across New York State at the All-State Conference, to be held from Dec. 5-9 in Rochester, New York. Selection to the conference is deemed to be one of the highest honors attained by a high school student musician.

All talented student musicians mentioned above were also selected to participate in the 2014 SCMEA All-County Music Festival. Students Lyz Mortati and Kelsey Hackett were also selected to perform in the festival, as well. These students were chosen based on their NYSSMA scores and teacher recommendations and will perform in early March at St. Anthony’s High School.

Junior Solomon Choi, in addition to attending the All-State Conference, was also chosen to perform the Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra by Tchaikovsky with the North Shore Symphony on Saturday Nov. 16. The performance is at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School and begins at 8 p.m.

Congratulations to these talented musicians on their great honors!


Photo Caption: Elwood-John H. Glenn High School’s “All-Star” musicians. From left to right: Kelsey Hackett, Solomon Choi, Thomas O’Rourke, Lukas Shrout, Ryan Harrigan, Jasmine Pigott, Alissa Liebler, Colleen Proietto and Lyz Mortati.

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