Bellmore-Merrick Seniors Named All-State Musicians

Seniors from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District have been selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association All State Music Festival.

 Tara Fusillo (*two-time participant), String Ensemble – Viola (John F. Kennedy High School, teacher – Robert Salzer)

Tara Fusillo

Jordan Novak, Vocal Jazz Ensemble –Alto (Sanford H. Calhoun High School, teacher – Sanford Sardo)

Jordan Novak

Jack Parr, Mixed Chorus – Tenor 2 (Sanford H. Calhoun High School, teacher – Sanford Sardo)

Jack Parr

Jessica Sarubbi – Vocal Alternate (John F. Kennedy High School, teacher –Jeanette Pincus)

Jessica Sarubbi

The All-State Performance Ensembles are honors groups comprised of the top students from school music departments across the state. To be considered, students must receive a certain high score on their NYSSMA solo performance as well as receive a nomination by their teacher.

“This year, the COVID-related cancellation of the 2019 NYSSMA adjudications made the process a little more complex,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of the fine & performing arts. “Since no festivals took place this past spring, students were evaluated based on their 10th-grade scores.” While the usual in-person concert and winter conference will not be taking place, students will be participating in a professionally produced virtual performance.

Photos courtesy of Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District

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