NYSSMA All-State Musicians Announced

Walt Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy congratulates our NYSSMA All-State recipients (left to right) Logan Slansky, Rena Shapiro, Brendan Kispert, Josh Muellers, and Juliana Sgaraglio, along side Band Director Mr. Matt Hoffman (back left) and Choir Director Mr. Steve Altinel (front right).  thumbnail133457
Walt Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy congratulates our NYSSMA All-State recipients (left to right) Logan Slansky, Rena Shapiro, Brendan Kispert, Josh Muellers, and Juliana Sgaraglio, along side Band Director Mr. Matt Hoffman (back left) and Choir Director Mr. Steve Altinel (front right).

Walt Whitman High School is proud of our talented students who have been selected to participate in the NYSSMA All-State Conference. Thousands of students auditioned last year at solo and ensemble festivals throughout New York State and we are proud of our students who have been chosen to participate.

Senior Logan Slansky was selected to perform the mallets in the Winter Conference’s Symphonic Band. Senior Josh Muellers was selected for Bass 1 in the Mixed Chorus as junior Brendan Kispert was selected as his alternate. Also assigned to NYSSMA All-State’s Mixed Chorus are senior Juliana Sgaraglio for Alto 2 and junior Rena Shapiro for Soprano 2.

“It’s like the cherry on the cake after all the hard work they do,” expressed Choir Director Mr. Altinel. “NYSSMA serves as an opportunity for these students to perform a solo and get critique and when the students hear that from the judges, it validates everything.” Students who are selected for All-State have to participate in NYSSMA every year and score multiple 100's from the judges to be considered. “By going to All-State, they’re eligible to be nominated for All-Eastern and All-National,” shared Band Director Mr. Hoffman. “It is very competitive and we’re extremely proud of them.”

Performances at the Winter Conference in Rochester, NY are scheduled as followed:
Saturday December 7th at 3:00PM Vocal Jazz, Instrumental Jazz Ensemble
Saturday December 7th at 8:00PM Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Treble Chorus
Sunday December 8th at 10:00AM Mixed Chorus, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to Logan, Josh, Brendan, Juliana and Rena for this prestigious recognition!