Two Malverne High School students and six Lynbrook High School students recently earned All-State honors for their musical talents.
Malverne senior Tailah Revels and Lynbrook's Emma Harrington, Isaac Polinsky and Matthew DeMichiel were selected to perform at this year’s New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) All-State Winter Conference.
The festival, which will be held in Rochester from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, will feature high school student-musicians from throughout New York State.
Revels was chosen as a top vocal musician (alto) based upon her All-State auditions. Harrington was selected for the All-State women’s chorus, Polinsky for the string orchestra and DeMichiel for the wind ensemble. All four young musicians will perform at the renowned Eastman Theatre under the direction of nationally prominent conductors. This is the second year in a row that both Harrington and Polinsky were chosen for this honor.
Malverne High School student Ashanti Graham achieved “alternate” status for both the All-State Mixed Chorus and the Symphonic Band. Lynbrook's Zachary Daniels, Chelsea Campanile and Joshua Tierney were also selected as alternates to the All-State ensembles. This puts them on waiting lists for participation in the conference, with a final decision on their status being made by the organization at the end of October.
Performing at this conference is one of the highest honors bestowed on high school music students in New York State. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor at NYSSMA solo evaluation festivals held across the state last year. These students performed Level 6 music (most difficult) and received perfect or near-perfect scores.
A six-time All-County musician, Harrington is a member of the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is the drum major for the Lynbrook High School marching band and also performs in the wind ensemble, concert choir and jazz choir. She recently received an Award of Merit from the Long Island Scholar-Artist Program.
DeMichiel is a three-time All-County musician who plays in Lynbrook's wind ensemble, brass ensemble, marching band and jazz band. He is vice president of his school’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Polinsky, better known as “Ike,” is a four-time All-County musician who performs in the jazz band, jazz choir, wind ensemble, symphonic orchestra and marching band. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Lynbrook Owls varsity soccer team. This past summer, he attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the New York State School of Orchestral Studies.
A seven-time All-County musician and two-time All-State alternate, Daniels performs in the wind ensemble, the concert choir and the pit orchestra. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is co-president of his school’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. This past summer, he participated in a jazz improvisation workshop at NYU Steinhardt and a vibraphone workshop at the University of Delaware.
Campanile is a five-time All-County vocalist, who performs in the Lynbrook High School chorus, the Usdan mixed chorus and the St. Raymond’s Adult Choir and Folk Group. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Joshua Tierney is a three-time All-County musician and a two-time participant in the Long Island String Festival. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He performs in his high school's orchestra as well as the Rockaway Five Towns Orchestra.
“We congratulate all six of these fine young musicians for this impressive accomplishment,” said Joseph Pallotta, Lynbrook's director of fine and performing arts. “This recognition is a reflection of their talent and their dedication, and a great source of pride for our school community.”