Student-Musicians Chosen for Long Island String Festival, All-County Concerts

Four of the district’s superlative student-musicians – high school senior Noah Roff (viola), John F. Kennedy Intermediate School fifth-grader Julia Catanzano (violin), and (pictured at right) Robert Frost Middle School eighth-grader Vy Do (violin) and seventh-grader Alexandra Doogan (bass) – have been selected for this year’s Long Island String Festival. They will be performing with other students from Suffolk County at the festival during January and February.

“My congratulations to these students and the district’s outstanding string teachers, Kathryn Attard, Catherine Lubrano and Maria Wingert,” said Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, the district’s director of fine and performing arts.
LISFA selection is based on several criteria, including New York State School Music Association solo festival scores and recommendations from school music teachers. “These are truly outstanding students and wonderful kids,” said Wingert, the string teacher at Robert Frost.

Roff was also chosen to be principal violist of the NYSCAME All-County Orchestra, an honor indicating that he is the top-ranked high school viola player in Suffolk County. He recently played in the All-State String Orchestra at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Orchestra.

Additionally, 22 Deer Park students from grades 5-10 were chosen for All-County ensembles, sponsored by the Suffolk County chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education. The All-County concerts will take place at Centereach High School on March 8 and 9.

From the high school, Kenneth Del Cid (trombone), Jasmine Martin (flute) and Michael Strenta (alto sax) will perform with the Division III West band, while Olivia Grizzle (alto) and Averi Lacoff (soprano) will sing in the Division III West chorus and Kalvyn Guyer (violin) will perform in the Division III West orchestra.

Representatives from JFK Intermediate will include Cantanzano in the Division I Central band, and vocalists Casey Fonseca and Kelly Schwarz in the Division I Central chorus.

All-County ensemble performers from Robert Frost will include Audrey Barke (clarinet), Danielle Izzo (flute) and Emanuel Saladino (trumpet/cornet) in the Division I Central band; Emily Siegel (clarinet) and Megan Zhang (flute) in the Division II West band; vocalists Isabella Giglio and Paulina Logrande in the Division I Central chorus; Celine Marino (soprano) and Mayedun Ogunsanwo  (soprano) in the Division II West chorus; Giavanna Pitagno (viola) and Catherine Wilkonski (violin) in the Division I Central orchestra; and Rebecca Fox (viola) and Maya Kovic (violin) in the Division II West orchestra.