Youri Kim '20 and Benjamin Truncale '20 Receive Second Consecutive All-State Music Honors

Nov 22 2019

Two students from Kellenberg Memorial High School have been selected to participate in New York State School Music Association’s Conference All-State performing ensembles in Rochester, NY. in early December. Youri Kim, violin, will be performing with the All-State String Orchestra while Benjamin Truncale, tenor, will be performing with the All-State Mixed Chorus. Both students are two-time All-State participants. Students are selected for All-State ensembles through auditions done the previous spring. Thousands of students across the state audition for seating in these ensembles each year.

This is the second time in as many years that both Youri and Benjamin have received such honors.

“I auditioned for All-State last year with the aria “Vainement, ma bien aimée” from the opera Le Roi d’Ys by Édouard Lalo,” Benjamin explains. “I also was required to sight-read a short musical selection. I got a score of 100. I plan on pursuing professional opera studies in college at a music conservatory. I am in the midst of the college admissions/audition process.”
“I played “Concerto No. 1″ by Bruch for my violin solo for my All-State audition and received a 100,” says Youri. “I’ve been playing violin since I was 4 years old. I plan on playing with the orchestra of the college I will attend next year wherever I end up going.”

Congratulations to both!

L to R: Mr. Clark Blanton, Music Department Chairman, Youri Kim ’20, Benjamin Truncale ’20, Bro. Roger Poletti, S.M., Asst. Principal for Activities

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