Several choral students from Cazenovia High school had the privilege of attending the New York State School Music Association’s Area All-State Festival Feb. 3 and 4 at Ithaca College.
Students were selected based on their NYSSMA scores from the previous year. The experience was pleasantly fun for all and essential to bettering their musical skills for the future. Judith Ranaletta was the conductor of the 2012 mixed choir. She is well-known for her Greece Athena High School Show Choir.
Ranaletta had many interesting pieces of advice for the mixed choir members and spoke to them on how to sing with an open feeling and demonstrated how to produce a timbre that did not sound “throaty.” She chose a wide variety of songs ranging from the Polynesian song entitled, Ka Hia Manu, to a gospel piece, John the Revelator. She also shared personal experiences from her years of teaching that her students said would “forever be held in their hearts”.
Most of the girls from Cazenovia who attended area all state were placed in the women’s choir. Having enjoyed the conductor’s presence, they acquired many great techniques from her.
The conductor of the Women’s choir was Kristy Kosko. She is an Ithaca Alumni and currently teaches in the Rochester area. She made a great impression on the students of Cazenovia and even chose one of Cazenovia’s finest senior music students, Chloe Edelstein, for a solo.
In all, the students who participated in this event took away an experience that was unforgettable and learned skills they will use to better their futures.
Crystal McGrath-Scott is a senior at Cazenovia High School. She can be reached through the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.