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Santoferrara performs with SSYO

For the third consecutive year, Solvay High School junior trumpeter, Gabriella Santoferrara has been selected by audition to perform as a member of the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra. This year she was named principle (first chair) trumpet, a tremendous accomplishment.

In August, for the second consecutive year, Santoferrara participated in the New York State Summer School for the Arts School of Orchestral Studies which was held on the campus of Skidmore College. At Skidmore, she studied and rehearsed for a month with the world-class musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Wheelock selected for NYSSMA

Solvay High School freshman clarinetist Avery Wheelock was selected to perform at the NYSSMA Junior High Area-State Music Festival held Friday Nov. 6 and Saturday Nov. 7 at Cortland Junior/Senior High School. After seating auditions, Avery was selected as principle (first chair) clarinetist. Before the Junior High Area-State concert band was to take the stage for their performance, conductor Dr. Ronald Sutherland informed Avery that he had been selected as concertmaster for the performance.

Spillett among '50 Directors who make a Difference'

School Band and Orchestra (SB&O) magazine is the premier monthly publication for school band and orchestra directors and music educators in the United States. Twelve years ago the magazine's editors started a tradition of honoring an exemplary music educator from each of the 50 states in the U.S. These outstanding teachers are recognized annually in the magazine's December issue for their student's achievement and for the positive impact they have on the lives of their students. Solvay High School band director John Spillett has been selected as the 2009 music educator honoree from New York State. His name and picture will appear in the magazine's December 2009 "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

Winter Band and Concert Exhibit planned

The Solvay High School Music and Art departments' Annual Winter Band Concert and Art Exhibit will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 10 at Solvay High School. The public is welcome.

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