Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School
Feb. 20, 2019: Twenty-five Bronxville School singers and instrumentalists have been selected to perform for All-County music ensembles by the prestigious Westchester County School Music Association for its 2019 festival concerts.
The Elementary All-County Chorus will include fifth-graders Grayson Curran (soprano), Anabella Davis (alto), Katie Fezza (soprano), and Peyton Levine (alto) and sixth-graders Fiona Barr (alto), Dakota Delli Colli (soprano), Catalina Gallipoli (alto), Charlotte Golimbu (alto), Isabel Haller (soprano), Olivia Patterson (soprano), Brooke Thompson (soprano), and Lena Vermette (alto).
The Intermediate All-County Chorus will include seventh-grader Savannah Delli Colli (alto) and eighth-graders Kaela Schubert (alto) and Mota Rodembusch (soprano). The students were selected to participate in the All-County choruses by school music teachers Marina Brown and Pamela Simpson. “We are very proud of the hard work our singers have been putting forth to make this concert a success,” said Brown, the elementary school choral director. “They are singing challenging music in several languages that takes many hours of practice at home and long rehearsals outside of the school day. They are representing the Bronxville Music Department wonderfully."
Eighth-grader Aidan McBride (french horn) and ninth-grader Alice Vranka (clarinet) were selected to participate in the Intermediate All-County Band. “I am very proud of the work our students have done and am excited to have the opportunity to work with them,” said Vincent Iannelli, the middle and high school band director. The band and orchestra students were selected through competitive auditions that required students to perform a prepared piece, play scales, and sight-read.
Fifth-grader Caitlin Burke (viola) will perform with the Elementary All-County Orchestra, while sixth-grader Sophia Ikiri (violin) and seventh-graders Simos Dimas (violin), Madeline Lescott (viola), and Ria Mueller (cello) will perform with the Junior All-County Orchestra. Members of the Intermediate All-County Orchestra will feature eighth-grader Remi Mellinghoff (violin) and ninth-graders Tyler Tanaka-Wong (viola) and Patrick Wu (cello). “This is a tremendous accomplishment for these students,” said Claire Stancarone, middle school orchestra director. “We wish them the best for their upcoming performance.”
L to R: Bronxville School students Alice Vranka, Simos Dimas, Madeline Lescott, Remi Mellinghoff, Ria Mueller, Tyler Tanaka-Wong, Caitlin Burke, Aidan McBride, Patrick Wu, and Sophia Ikiri.
This year’s Intermediate All-County Band will be directed by Sharon Slote, the Bronxville Elementary School band director. The program will include Encanto by Robert W. Smith, Heaven’s Light by Steven Reineke, Chorale and Shaker Dance 2 by John Zdechlik, and The Liberty Bell March by John Philip Sousa. “It is a significant honor to be invited to direct an All-County music ensemble,” said Denise Lutter, orchestra director and Performing Arts Department curriculum leader. “We are very proud of our colleague for receiving this accolade and grateful for her many outstanding contributions to the Bronxville School Performing Arts Program.”
Bronxville Elementary School band director Sharon Slote has been selected to direct the Intermediate All-County Band.
The Intermediate All-County Band concerts will take place on Saturday, March 2, at 11:00 am. The Elementary and Intermediate All-County Chorus concerts will take place on Saturday, March 2, at 4:00 pm. The Elementary, Junior, and Intermediate All-County Orchestra concerts will take place on Sunday, March 3, at 11:00 am. All concerts will take place at SUNY Purchase.
Pictured (at top): Back row: Intermediate All-County Chorus members Kaela Schubert, Savannah Delli Colli, and Mota Rodembusch. Middle row: Elementary All-County Chorus members Fiona Barr, Charlotte Golimbu, Dakota Delli Colli, Lena Vermette, Brooke Thompson, Olivia Patterson, Isabel Haller, and Catalina Gallipoli. Front row: Elementary All-County Chorus members Grayson Curran, Anabella Davis, Peyton Levine, and Katie Fezza.
Photos courtesy The Bronxville School
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