Sixteen extremely talented musicians from Great Neck North and South High Schools have been selected for the prestigious and highly competitive 2018 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference. In addition, four Great Neck Public Schools students were named alternates for the event.
The All-State Conference, which will be held in Rochester from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, will bring together the state’s finest student musicians to perform in various ensembles.
North High School All-State music students are Joshua Rothbaum (clarinet, Band), Frederick Sion (bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet, Band) and Daniel Itzkowitz (French horn, Band). Daniel Zeng (violin) was chosen as an alternate for the All-State Orchestra. The musicians are taught by Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher; Dr. Pamela Levy is the fine and performing arts department head at North High.
All-State music students South High are Jeremy Chen (oboe, Symphony Orchestra), Deep Datta (violin, String Orchestra), Tom Zhen Huang (clarinet, Wind Ensemble), Jaehyun Kim (violin, Symphony Orchestra), Nicholas Langel (cello, String Orchestra), Oliver Lee (violin, Symphony Orchestra), Samuel Levine (flute, Symphonic Band), Justin Lin (tenor, Mixed Chorus), Fiona Lyngstad-Hughes (soprano, Treble Chorus), Shourav Saha (bass, Mixed Chorus), Eric Yang (clarinet, Symphonic Band), Ashley Yu (soprano, Mixed Chorus) and Ann Zhang (violin, Symphony Orchestra). Alternates are Daniella Brancato (soprano), Veronica Khim (violin) and Chloe Metz (violin). The student musicians are taught by Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher; Mark Boschen, band teacher; and Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal music teacher.
Last spring, thousands of students auditioned for NYSSMA-sponsored competition at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state.