On a cold wintry night in January, hundreds of middle school students anxiously went to Clinton Middle School to audition for the Oneida Junior High All-County Music Festival. Each school district in Oneida County sent students to complete for a coveted spot with the All-County Band, Chorus, and Orchestra. In order to audition, students had to prepare solo material and perform that for a pair of judges. They were also asked to play scales and sing and play difficult sigh-reading material. We are proud of all of our students that took the initiative to audition. This year we had record numbers chosen from the pool of students to represent Westmoreland Central School. In addition to seven ninth graders that were chosen, we are pleased to announce the placement of the following Westmoreland Middle School Students. Band: Abigail Mizgala – flute, Jason Crumb – Alto Saxophone, Bryce Daskiewich – Trumpet, Michael Alloggio – Trombone, Joshua Davis – Percussion, and Emily Szmurlo – Mallet Percussion. Grace Waterman was also named first alternate for clarinet. Chorus: Sopranos – Danielle Flack and Meghan Donnelly, Altos – Emma Richards-Simon and Kirstin Bratge. The festival and concert will be held in the Clinton School Auditorium on March 20th and 21st.
Elementary All – County Music Festival is a weekend that participating students will not soon forget. The best 300 5th and 6th grade musicians from Oneida County come together to rehearse and perform a concert that never ceases to amaze its audience. This year the festival is being held in April and Westmoreland is thrilled to be the host. Mrs. Cutler and Mrs. Davis nominated several of our students for the band and are thrilled to announce the following chosen participants: Jason Robinson – Alto Saxophone, Samuel Huyck and Brady Morris – Trumpet, Jason Shafer – French Horn, Austin Edwards – Baritone, and Noah Grant – Tuba. Zoe Bartholomew was also named first alternate for flute. For the All-County Chorus Mrs. Davis is allowed to send 5% of the participating chorus students. Forty–five fifth and sixth graders auditioned for only five spots. The students did a fantastic job with their auditions and we are proud to share the names of the five students that will be representing our school district. They are: Clare Calogero, Ella Richards – Simon, Isabella Mazur, Olivia Golden, and Gianna Schillaci.
(Written by Mrs. Davis)