Skaneateles Chorus is Golden

High school orchestra earns top rating

Audience members and judges who heard the Skaneateles High School Orchestra perform classical and jazz pieces at the recent NYSSMA Major Organization Festival in Cortland would never have guessed that it was only the ninth time the students had all performed together this school year.

The judges awarded the group a coveted "Gold with Distinction" rating on Friday April 27. It was the third time a Skaneateles High School orchestra has earned the top ranking. The first was in 1999, according to Karen Veverka, orchestra director.

Veverka said that for two years, her orchestra students have practiced as two distinct groups, due to scheduling difficulties. There is no one time of day when all of the students are available and so two separate groups rehearse in the orchestra room at different times of day.

"Thanks to cooperation of the faculty and administration, the two sections are allowed to come together and rehearse as one group before a performance," she said.

She praised the students for their teamwork. "When they came together into one orchestra, they shined."

The students:

Alex Frackenpohl

Xander Edwards

Ben Mullen

Ryan Callahan

Genny Dougherty

Rachel Mulcahy

Marika Klosowski

Liam Edwards

Elizabeth Shoenfelt

Andrew Grau

Sara Main

Lex Johnson

Nathan Smith

Shane Aaserud

Nicole Millilo

Ken Dean

Jessica Tidd

Ben Weirich

Maura Lisson

Eric Murray

Cassie Berg

Bridget Judge

Marie-Annick Blanchard

Nick Sherman


Brad Sliter

Alex Richichi

Jenny Coye

Amanda Dart

Luke Edson

Joel Coleman

Ninth grader Marika Klosowski captured the feelings and hard work involved in rehearsing and performing with the poem "Violin Hands." She earned a third place award in the ninth through twelfth grade category of the annual American Pen Women Art & Poetry Contest:

Violin Hands

If violin hands could speak

Oh the stories they

Would tell

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment