Three Schalmont High School music students have been chosen to attend the prestigious New York State School Music Association’s All-State Conference.
The All-State experience begins with a music educator, his or her student, and an accompanist spending countless hours preparing a NYSSMA Level VI solo, which must be selected from repertoire lists in the current New York State manual.
Last spring, more than 6,500 sophomores and juniors from across the state of New York prepared for All-State evaluations in the hope of being selected. This year, Schalmont was fortunate enough to have Renee Dearstyne selected to perform in the All-State Women’s Choir, Madyson Mulyca selected to perform in the All-State Mixed Choir and Madeline Dunn being selected as a Vocal Alternate.
The Schalmont Music program is very proud of these exemplary students and this outstanding achievement, and we wish them well as they travel to Rochester on Dec. 1. It will certainly be the musical experience of a lifetime!
Ever since I was six years old, music was always a cornerstone in my life. I have taught myself how to play many instruments by ear but I have always loved singing the most. I've performed many places, in front on crowds of 5-2,500 people. I am very grateful and excited to be working with talented musicians across the state in the All-State choir.
Renee Dearstyne has been a part of the music department throughout her career at Schalmont. She is a member of Capital District Youth Chorale, Concert Choir, and Tri-M. In the future she aspires to be a neonatologist who specializes in music therapy in the NICU.
Madeline Dunn is a well-rounded musician who enjoys singing
in Concert Choir, participating in Drama Club, and playing piano and
guitar in her free time. She has also played roles in the school
productions of Best of Broadway 2 and Picnic. In the future she plans
to participate in theater productions and music groups in college.