Orchestra Students Shine at Music Festivals

Orchestra Students Shine at Music Festivals
Eight music students recently participated in the Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Suffolk County intermediate and secondary festivals. The competitive all-county music festivals select orchestra students with both strong NYSSMA achievements and music teacher recommendations to perform challenging music in a high level ensemble.

Representing James H. Boyd Intermediate School and Elwood Middle School at the intermediate level were fifth-graders Jenna Ban (violin) and Angelina Song (cello), sixth-grader Giuliana Brown (violin), seventh-grader Maya Tallo (violin) and eighth-graders Ryan Kang (cello) and Rithika Narayan (viola).

Tenth-grader Elizabeth Choi (violin) and eleventh-grader Emma Mayette (viola) represented Elwood-John H. Glenn High School at the secondary level.

“It’s fun to play with people from other schools,” said Emma. “We were also able to see some old friends which was great.”

The students were recommended by their orchestra teachers Diana Gotzen-Berg from James H. Boyd Intermediate School and Elwood Middle School, and Karen Gellert from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School.

“Mrs. Gellert and I are so proud of our students that represented Elwood,” said Mrs. Gotzen-Berg. “The experience was extremely rewarding for our students and their hard work and dedication to their instrument showed.”