Huntington Musicians Selected for SCMEA Festival

Several dozen Huntington School District musicians will participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s festival series in March.


Several dozen Huntington School District musicians have been selected to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s annual festival series in March.

“We are proud to always have a large number of students representing the Huntington School District at the SCMEA festivals,” said Joan R. Fretz, district director of fine and performing arts. “Most of our students do not take private lessons. This means that the high level of proficiency the students are reaching is due to their love of making music and the efforts of our dedicated music teachers. Huntington teachers make learning fun, inspire our students to work hard and provide them with expert training in musical technique and expression. Congratulations to all of our hard working musicians and teachers!”

Huntington has a long tradition of sending a large delegation of top musicians to the SCMEA festival series. Students perform in one of three concerts depending upon their respective grade level.

“The volume of students selected comes as no surprise, given the collective talent and commitment possessed by our students and music staff,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “There is no question that our high school, Finley and Woodhull students performing in their respective All-County concerts will represent Huntington in the finest manner possible. I wish them an enjoyable experience!”

Huntington’s All-County performers include:

Huntington High School: Cole Blackburn (tuba/Sousaphone), Megan Boyce (flute), Kayla Eidle (French horn), Jack Gallagher (bass clarinet), Alanna Harvey (flute), Sophia Latt (flute), Justin Loturco (Bb clarinet), Jack Malone (bassoon), Nick Pandolfi (trumpet/cornet), Hallie Raskin (French horn), Declan Byrne (tenor), Miranda Cahill (alto), Olivia Liepa (alto), Landary Rivas (tenor), George Gabriel (cello), Hailey Giordano (violin), Holly Grabowski (viola), Melany Lanham-Ciancia (violin), Jessica Straub (double bass) and Zechariah Perea (violin).

J. Taylor Finley Middle School: Brianna Burke (flute), Benjamin Connor (Bb clarinet), Julia Engle (oboe), William Fallon (mallets and snare drum), Anjali Kapur (flute), Jacob Labarge (flute), Torre Palmer (tenor sax), Allyson Arleo (alto), Sarah James (soprano), Kayla Ryan (alto), John Schaefer (baritone), Gabriella Deluca (violin), Billy Garfinkel (viola) and Camryn Libes (violin).

Woodhull Intermediate School: Maya Delguidice (oboe), Christiana Deluca (mallets), Christopher Engle (baritone/euph), Alison Gooding (flute), Julianna Joseph-Whyte, Meagan Malone (Bb clarinet), Ariana Streib (French horn), Isabella Cahill (soprano), Hannah Bailin (cello), Erin Bonitz (cello), Arielle Harvey (violin) and Erika Varady (viola).

“It is such a wonderful feeling to know that there are such deserving and talented student musicians in our county,” said Shannon Hughes, SCMEA’s vice president for festivals.

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