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SPS High School Students Selected to Perform in CMEA Western Region and All-State Festival

By Stamford Public Schools (SPS)

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Stamford, CT - Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announces that four Stamford High School (SHS) and six Westhill High School (WHS) students qualified for the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Western Region High School Festival. Subsequently SHS Seniors Soprano Katy Aillery, Alto Rona-Lyssa Tulien, and Tenor Jayce Schwartz, and WHS Junior Soprano Mary Chobanyan and Senior Tenor Alessandro Schiro qualified for the CMEA All-State Festival, which was held in mid-April in Hartford.

Thousands of students across the state auditioned before a panel of professional adjudicators to be considered for the regional festival. Each student was required to perform an advanced selection in his or her specialty area: Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band or Chorus. Those students who scored above a designated threshold were invited to perform at the festival, which comprises the top high school instrumental or choral students in the western part of the state and subsequently the entire state.

Qualifying Regional Festival choral students under the direction of Choir Directors Gloria Sinaguglia and Jonathan Curri, WHS:

• Katy Aillery, SHS Senior, Soprano

• Rona-Lyssa Tulien, SHS Senior, Alto

• Jayce Schwartz, SHS Senior, Tenor

• Mary Chobanyan, WHS Junior, Soprano

• Eva Mitskevitch, WHS Sophomore, Alto

• Audrey Molina, WHS Senior, Alto

• Elizabeth Sachs, WHS Junior, Tenor

• Alessandro Schiro, WHS Senior, Tenor

• Lucas Pinto-Leite, WHS Junior, Tenor

Qualifying high school instrumental students, under the direction of SHS Band Director, George Beratis:

• Cristina Principe, SHS Junior, Flute – Band

Every year, more than 550 of Connecticut’s finest high school musicians rehearse and perform in the Connecticut Music Educators Association’s All-State Music Festival, one of the finest All State Festivals in New England.

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