Article by Phoenix writer Elizabeth Mooney, ’22
Based on her last NYSSMA solo, Senior Emily D’Alessandro was named to the All-State Mixed Chorus, with Senior Maria Barella as her alternate. They were to represent at the All-State Festival in Albany, unfortunately, due to COVID, the festival was canceled. These two seniors were recently recognized for their musical achievements at this year’s’ Spring Firebird & and Phoenix Concert.
Earlier this school year, our Kellenberg vocalists and musicians, under the instruction of moderators Mrs. Zider and Mr. Narrell began their preparation for the 2021 Spring NYSSMA and All-State competition. In a typical year, KMHS participants would perform live in front of judges then receive a score on an evaluative scale for their particular area of talent. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instrumental and vocal musicians were judged virtually by music educators across New York State. Participants in this year’s April 2021 Virtual NYSSMA Festival worked with their music teachers, mentors, and private coaches to prepare. Senior Emily D’Alessandro performed her voice selection as a part of the mixed chorus arrangement. Emily practiced virtually with her private voice coach, preparing her for the remote performance. Her choice of song was “I Dream a World ” which incorporated text from the poem written by Langston Hughes. For this performance, the song was arranged and set to music. When asked about the recent NYSSMA event, Emily said “It was a great experience and I am glad they found a way to still put on a great concert while keeping us safe and healthy.” Congratulations to our KMHS musicians for another great year at NYSSMA and All-State!