NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Nine student musicians from New Rochelle High School were among the best high school musicians in the county performing in the Westchester County Area All-State Music Festival Concert on Nov. 16.
The New Rochelle musicians and musical groups they played with were: Annael Alvarez, soprano I, treble chorus; Isabella Gonzalez, soprano I, mixed chorus; Alissa Johnson, clarinet, symphony orchestra; Taz Kim, cello, symphony orchestra; Jada Miller, violin I, string orchestra; Elijah Pomerantz, alto saxophone, band; Julianne Paccione, violin I, string orchestra; David Rubertone, tenor II, mixed chorus; and Gabriella Sgobbo, soprano II, mixed chorus.
Students are admitted to the Westchester County Area All-State Band, Orchestra or Chorus in grades 10 through 12 on the basis of their audition scores at the New York State School Music Association Solo Festival held in the spring. They rehearsed two days at White Plains High School and all day Nov. 16 at the SUNY Performing Arts Center in Purchase. The concert was held that evening at the SUNY Performing Arts Center.
Three of the students – Kim, Alvarez and Rubertone – will go on to play in the Conference All-Star festival in Rochester, Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. Kim will play cello in the Symphony Orchestra and the others will sing in the Mixed Chorus, Alvarez as Soprano I and Rubertone as Tenor II.