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Area students combine talents in Junior High All-County Festival

Students from around 20 Central New York school districts were in Marcellus Jan. 28 and 29 for the Onondaga County Music Educators Association 2011 Junior High All-County Music Festival. Students rehearsed with their respective ensembles for two days before the performance at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 in the newly renovated Groeling Auditorium.

"I tell my kids to enjoy the festival, go out and make new friends," said Marcellus junior high school band director Audrey Turner. "You will be playing music with the people you meet throughout high school."

Guest conductors for the event included Richard F. Regan of Monroe Woodbury Schools (All-County Orchestra), Paul Chapin of Princeton Schools and Janice Anderson-Chapin of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (All-County Chorus) and Justin Mertz of Syracuse University (All-County Band). The All-County Junior High Music Festival Program included a variety of repertoire, from classical to contemporary. Some highlights included the orchestra's "March from Carmen," by Georges Bizet, arranged by Charles Woodhouse; the chorus's "Ave Verum Corpus" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by Thomas Main; and the band's "Sea Songs," by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Listed are students from the Marcellus and West Genesee districts that participated in the festival:

Orchestra

Marcellus: Roxana Novak, Noelle Cotter, Mike Abbott

West Genesee: Matthew Bergquist, Jillian Breault, Jessie Brill, Kelton Burnside, Rachel Gdula, Alec Macaluso, Melissa Schiff, Amanda Sullivan, James Soper, Patrick Spiddle, Anna Fortais, Rachael Frenza and Molly Rozelle.

Chorus

Marcellus: Adina Martin, Rebecca Martin, Andrew Murphy, Michael Clark and Matt Gooden

West Genesee: Sara Capucilli, Kathryn Galimi, Olivia Galloway, Nathan Grome, Leighton Jacobs, Madison Kearns, Taras Kozak, Christina Lee, Vincent McCauley, Corey McCrea, Meghan Miller, Angela Ponto, John Buttner, Robert Morey, Jackson Powell, Jenna Rahrle and Katherine Widrick

Band

Marcellus: Mary Morocco, Cecil Nelson, Keith Parlin, Rachel Ceparski, Jason Gerbsch, Geoffrey Golick, Chris Torell, Evan Turner, Jeff Beyel, Trevor Costa, Connor Lundrigan and Dylan Felty

West Genesee: Ryan Andrews, Christine Campbell, Amanda DeSellems, Erin Dowler, Raymond Gillis, Adam Korzeniewski, Nicholas Mulpagano, Megan Petty, Connor Smith, Ellen Smith, Gregory Spicer, Jillian Taylor, William Viau, Collin McCrea, William Musengo, Shawn Picciott, Sarah Devlin, Jacqueline Peterson and Madison Seamon

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