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Caz students participate in All-County music festival

Music warms a cold winter weekend for area students

During the Winter All-County music festival in Morrisville, Cazenovia students Julia Barrett, front left, Jacob Wells, Allie Vanetti and Eric Liddell stand in front of Zach Simms, middle left, Anna Sasser, Helen Purcell, Sadie Coleman and music teacher Ellen Dougherty. Behind them stand Megan Schwartz, back left, Lydia LaGorga, Libby Carroll, Shao Demyttenaere.

During the Winter All-County music festival in Morrisville, Cazenovia students Julia Barrett, front left, Jacob Wells, Allie Vanetti and Eric Liddell stand in front of Zach Simms, middle left, Anna Sasser, Helen Purcell, Sadie Coleman and music teacher Ellen Dougherty. Behind them stand Megan Schwartz, back left, Lydia LaGorga, Libby Carroll, Shao Demyttenaere.

— In the afternoon on Friday, Jan. 20, fifty-four Cazenovia students boarded two school buses. These students, however, were not going skiing or attending a sporting event. They were headed to Morrisville-Eaton High School for the annual Winter All-County music festival, presented by the Madison County Music Educator’s Association.

Every year the Winter All-County music festival features the best young musicians from Madison County in the sixth-grade chorus, seventh- and eighth- grade band, sixth- to eighth-grade orchestra and the ninth- to twelfth-grade band.

In October, students from around Madison County, such as Chittenango, Vernon-Verona-Sherill, Oneida, Camden and Canastota, traveled to Cazenovia High School for the All-County auditions. Based on their auditions, students were selected to participate in the Winter All-County music festival, which was held on Jan. 20 and 21.

Cazenovia was well represented this year, and made up approximately 17 percent of the more than 300 students who attended the festival. With a long afternoon of hard work on Friday, and an extensive day of rehearsals and performances on Saturday, the Cazenovia students exhausted their vocal cords, their strings, and embouchures to produce lovely music for their family, friends and other music enthusiasts.

Just like every All-County experience is one to remember, this year’s Winter All-County was no different. Each performing group had the pleasure of working with guest conductors who teach at other school districts, including Oneida, Camden, Cortland and Cazenovia (Cazenovia music teacher Ellen Dougherty conducted the sixth-grade chorus).

The conductors taught the All-County musicians pieces of music the students may not have performed at their own school districts. As a reward for their hard work and selection into All-County, the students were exposed to music from around the world and different time periods.

Cazenovia students, along with other students from Madison County, were given the opportunity to not only encounter new styles of music, but also to have a fun time with their friends from school and their new friends.

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