Five NTHS Students Selected for Music All-State Ensembles
The North Tonawanda Fine Arts family is very proud to announce that five of our students were selected to participate in All-State Music Ensembles. These students were selected through a solo audition process where thousands of auditions were held across the state. Although the New York State School Music Association will not be able to host these students for rehearsal and performance at Eastman Theatre in Rochester this December 2020, students will participate in a virtual format still making incredible music.
Director of Fine Arts, Dean Vallas, was elated with this year’s participants. “All of these musicians are hard working and motivated students. They are also wonderful humans who are caring and creative. I could not be more proud of them, their families, and all the teachers who helped them grow to be All-State kids”.
Cassie Diliberto has been selected as a soprano chorus alternate based on her performance of “Your Daddy’s Son” from the musical Ragtime. She is the daughter of Beth Freedman and Chuck Diliberto and is a senior at NTHS. Cassie never though she’d get to All State and is grateful to be considered. When thinking about her time in our Fine Arts Department, she says, “I’ve always loved music more than anything, but so much of what I’ve learned now didn’t come easy or naturally. Challenging yourself and working through every sharp and flat and voice crack is where that growth happens, even if you don’t see it.” She thanks Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Vallas for their encouragement.
As a second-year All-State musician, Joseph Kelly feels validated to be chosen two years in a row. Joe is playing oboe in the All-State Symphonic Band and thanks his private instructor Anna Mattix. Without her, he would have never been able to find his musicianship and really refine what he already knew about music along with new oboe techniques. Joe is the son of Julie Kelly and switched to oboe as a secondary instrument. “Ever since starting tenor sax in eighth grade, I’ve always found my teachers encouraging me to do more with music, and they made me strive to want to be better. Without them, I would have stuck with just playing tenor sax and I’d never grow the love for it like I do today.”
Megan Orrange is singing soprano in the All-State Mixed Chorus and earned her All-State honor by singing “Sure On This Shining Night” by Samuel Barber. The daughter of Susan and Paul Orrange is incredibly honored to be selected for All-State. “I have been dreaming about getting in since my freshman year, and now that I am accepted, it is truly an honor. Music has always been a big part of my life, and it is another step in my musical journey that I am proud to represent NTHS at All-State this year,” said Megan when asked about All-State. Megan thanks her family for continuing to support her, especially her older brother Paul, because he motivated her to do more in music and was one of the reasons she was inspired to audition for All-State. Megan also thanks her vocal teacher, Dr. Holly Bewlay, for training and helping her grow as a vocalist.
Singing in the All-State Treble Chorus, senior Sophia Scime is so excited and honored to be chosen for such an amazing opportunity. She is the daughter of Tara and Dan Scime and earned her All-State spot by singing the Italian art song “Se tu Miami, se sospiri”. When asked who encouraged her to reach for this state honor, Sophia said, “I would like to thank my vocal coach, Karen D’angelo, for helping me grow vocally and musically, my mom and dad for their continuous support of the arts, music, and me, and Mr. Vallas for making our chorus an accepting and loving place. Music has really influenced my growth to becoming a driven student, a more confident leader, and a better person. Through all of the great music programs available in the NT schools, I have been able to learn new things, meet new people, and make new experiences that I wouldn’t have made without the constant support I have received from the NT music teachers.”
Joshua Trenchard has been selected for two All-State ensembles - Mixed Chorus as a bass and also playing trombone in the Symphonic Band. This is an extremely rare honor and NT schools is proud to have Josh. Josh comes from a very musical family and is the son of Tennille and Jeffrey Trenchard. “I’m extremely glad to have made it. I put a lot of hard work in over the years and it feels good to have it pay off,” said Josh about this incredible honor. “The directors at NT really care about your personal growth and will do anything in their power to make you the best you can be.” He also thanks his parents for helping him practice and fostering his love for music.