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DeFrancisco honors orchestra for inaugural performance

Sen. John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today recognized the Skaneateles High School Orchestra for taking top honors at the Presidential Inaugural Music Festival. Orchestra members and their director, Karen Veverka, were in Albany today for the adoption of a New York State Senate resolution, sponsored by DeFrancisco, honoring them.

"On behalf of myself and the New York State Senate, I would like to congratulate the Skaneateles High School Orchestra for it successful performance at the Presidential Inaugural Music Festival," DeFrancisco said. "These talented musicians deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication."

In January, the Skaneateles High School Orchestra attended the invitation-only Presidential Inaugural Heritage Music Festival in Fairfax, Va. At the festival, the students performed before a panel of nationally renowned adjudicators, and beat out 110 choral and orchestra groups from around the nation to take top honors.

The Skaneateles Orchestra received the Outstanding Orchestra Award by having the highest overall score in the competition. The award comes with a special invitation to perform at a later date in either New York City's Kennedy Center, or sites in Chicago or Los Angeles.

In addition to winning the competition, the 29 students in the Skaneateles High School Orchestra also received the Adjudicator's Award, a prize given for scoring 92 or higher out of 100 possible points given by the judges.

"I am honored to pay tribute to these gifted musicians and their director. They have performed with the highest standard of excellence, and I commend them for their exceptional performance at this prestigious music festival," DeFrancisco said.

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