N.Y. (April 18, 2019) -- Bravo!
High School musical ensembles earned outstanding ratings Monday –
two golds and a silver -- at the New York School Music Association’s
Major Ensemble Festival.
The Wind Ensemble and
Chamber Choir each captured a gold rating, and the Advanced
Orchestra earned a silver.
major ensemble festivals, music teachers bring exceptional ensembles
to perform music at one of six levels of difficulty. Level 6 is the
Performances are graded as "bronze," "silver" and "gold," with a
gold rating going to performers who demonstrate outstanding
technical and artistic skill.
Ensemble, under the direction of John Halvorsen, performed Level 6
selections that included “The Liberty Bell” by John Philip Sousa,
“Canzona” by Peter Mennin and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff.
Choir, under the direction of Brendan Hoffman, performed Level 6
selections that included “Ave Maria” by Anton Bruckner, “There Was a
Time” by Eric William Barnum and “Earth Song” by Frank Ticheli. It
was the Chamber Choir’s first time attending a Majors Festival.
Orchestra, under the direction of Kelly Diehl, performed Level 5
selections that included “The Texians” by Carold Nunez, “Egmont
Overture” by Ludwig van Beethoven and “Symphony #25, Movement 1” by
Advanced Orchestra performance marked the first time in more than 20
years that an Albany High orchestra took part in a Majors Festival.
Monday also was the first time Chamber Choir performed in a Majors