Two Bronxville High School students have been selected to perform in the All-State Festival of the 2015 NYSSMA Winter Conference in December. Senior Alekzandra Thoms will participate in the mixed chorus, while junior Michael Landy, an oboist, will perform with the symphonic band.
Both students chosen for this prestigious honor based on the proficiency they demonstrated at the NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals last May. More than 6,500 sophomores and juniors across the state auditioned with the hopes of being among the 900 students who would be selected for the annual Winter Conference.
“Alexzandra comes from a long line of exceptional singers and it is clear that she is continuing the family tradition,” Bronxville choral director Pamela Simpson said. “She possesses a beautiful soprano voice, and I rely on her to lead the soprano section in chorus.”
In addition to singing with the chorus at school, Thoms has been an intern with the Young at Arts music program at the Christ Church in Bronxville.
“Michael's virtually flawless audition for All-State last spring was one of the best student auditions I've ever heard,” said Bronxville High School band teacher Sharon Slote, who taught Landy for six years. “He opened the door to performing in one of the country's most beautiful concert halls with some of the finest musicians in the state.” She added that he produces a beautiful tone and plays with exceptional sensitivity to style.
To prepare for the rigorous process, students spend countless hours preparing for the auditions. At the conclusion of the evaluations, NYSSMA Certified All-State adjudicators create a rank-ordered proficiency list of all recommended students who have earned a score of 98-100. Then, committee members sort through the proficiency list and take into consideration a number of factors when selecting the final list of students for the honor.
The festival will take place at the Rochester Convention Center from Dec. 3-6, 2015.