Area high school students chosen for All-State, All-Eastern musical honors
LOCAL SHOWING: Students from a half dozen local high schools are testing their musical chops in two prestigious musical competitions this spring.
The student musicians, selected to perform in the All-State and All-Eastern musical conferences sponsored by the Massachusetts and National Music Educators Associations, successfully auditioned for spots in the musical gatherings. More than 800 students from 50 Massachusetts schools took part in the statewide portion of the competition, which included performing prepared pieces and also sight-reading before judges.
The process began with auditions at the district level at Westfield State University last fall. Based on their audition scores, students then went on to compete for spots at the All-State Conference held Feb. 28 through Mar. 2 in Boston, and the All-Eastern event scheduled for April 4-7 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Conn.
This year’s All-Eastern Conference — which covers 12 states on the eastern seaboard — accepted 780 students to participate in band and choral ensembles.
Student musicians from Hampshire County who earned spots at the two conferences were:
Amherst Regional High School
All-State Band: Thomas Jeffries, senior (French horn); Natalia Ciesielska, senior (clarinet); Marietta Fritz, junior (oboe).
Orchestra: Kylie Pruisto-Chang, senior (violin); Anna Perkins, junior (violin), Dashi Bouvier-Valenta, junior (violin), Zoya Fan, sophomore (violin), Sasha Yakub, freshman (violin).
Chorus: Kethrellan Peterson, junior (soprano); Miguel Parades, senior (tenor); Jaimon Olmsted, senior (tenor), Rory Lambert-Wright, sophomore (bass).
All-Eastern: Emelyn Bashour, senior (violin); Kylie Pruisto-Chang, senior (violin); Kethrellan Peterson, junior (soprano) Peterson.
Belchertown High School
All-State Band: Joseph Brozek, sophomore (trumpet).
Easthampton High School
All-State Band: Brandon Paige, junior (trombone).
Hampshire Regional High School
All-State Chorus: Elizabeth Rausch, junior (alto); Alyssa Labrie, senior (alto); Zoe Baghdoyan, senior (soprano), Hannah Weiss, senior (soprano).
All-Eastern Chorus: Cameron Cote, senior (tenor).
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
All-State Chorus: Emma Conrad-Rooney, freshman (soprano).
Northampton High School
All-State Band: Ethan Bein, junior (trumpet).
Orchestra: Benjamin Ramsey, senior (cello); Abigail Adams, junior (violin); Andrew Cooper, senior (oboe).
Smith Academy, Hatfield
All Eastern: Andrew Poirier, senior (chorus).
— BARBARA SOLOW