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Oct 11, 2018 4:14 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Two East Hampton High School Students Chosen For Selective Music Festival

Choral instructor Dylan Greene, Wells Woolcott, Anthony Genovesi and band instructor Christopher Mandato.   COURTESY JAMES STEWART
Oct 15, 2018 9:58 AM

Two students from East Hampton High School scored close to perfect scores on New York State School Music Association solos in the spring, landing them spots in selective all-state ensembles in October. Under the direction of choral instructor Dylan Greene, and band instructor Christopher Mandato, Wells Woolcott and Anthony Genovesi have been selected to participate in November’s NYSSMA all-state ensembles in Rochester, New York. Wells, a junior, will sing tenor in the mixed chorus, and Anthony, a senior, will play jazz drum in the instrumental jazz ensemble.

NYSSMA is a professional music organization that evaluates student musicians in New York State for their skills in voice, piano, strings, woodwinds, brasses and percussion. Thousands of students register throughout the state each spring through their school music programs to attend NYSSMA evaluation festivals, where they are scored on their prepared solos ranging from level one, the simplest, to level six, the most complex, in scales and sight-reading abilities. In order to be nominated for all-state, students must score a 98 or higher on a NYSSMA level six solo, with 100 being a perfect score. Last spring, over 6,500 students prepared solos for NYSSMA, and over 2,400 were nominated for the all-state ensembles, according to East Hampton High School orchestra instructor Troy Grindle. After careful consideration by the selection committee, approximately 900 students were selected to participate in the eight performing ensembles.

The all-state ensembles will perform at the NYSSMA winter conference from November 29 to December 2 at the Rochester Convention Center under the direction of college professors.

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