Bronxville Union Free School District

BHS Orchestra Earns Highest Accolades at Music Festival

The Bronxville High School Orchestra participated in the New York State School Music Association spring festival, held at Lehman College on May 17. The talented musicians earned the highest possible accolade, a Gold with Distinction award, and performed a Level 6 repertoire, which is the most difficult NYSSMA level.

Orchestra director Denise Lutter said the students earned Gold with Distinction for demonstrating an exceptional level of technical and artistic skill in each of the evaluative categories for all three selections. The group performed Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 1 by Arcangelo Corelli, Aria from Suite No. 3 in D by J. S. Bach, arranged by Leopold Stokowski, and Concerto Grosso No. 2 by Ernest Bloch.

NYSSMA-trained adjudicators evaluated the students on tone, intonation, balance, technique, accuracy and execution, rhythm and interpretation.

“Not only did the high school students play a difficult repertoire, they performed without a conductor,” Lutter said. “Following the students’ performance, the adjudicators complimented them on their leadership skills and the depth of their musical interpretation. From my vantage point, this is the highest praise, as it means the students understand the art form at a level that allows them to craft musically expressive performances independently.”

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding performance: Allegra Alfano (first violin), Henry Anderson (cello), Peter Brennan (double bass), Ellie Briskin (viola), Eva Cagliostro (double bass), Sophie Geer (double bass), Kirsten Ircha (viola), Remi Laurence (first violin), Delfina Maldonado (first violin), Alexander New (cello), Virginia Pennoyer (second violin), Dryden Quigley (second violin), Katie Quigley (viola), Fallon Raviol (first violin), Hillary Rizzo (first violin), Lucy Rizzo (second violin), Andrea Shephard (second violin), William Tague (second violin), Abigail Thomas (double bass) and Xavier Zhang (first violin).