Two All-State Musicians for 2012

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Two East Islip High School students, senior Courtney Kenyon and junior Leah Stevens, were recently named All-State musicians and will perform at the 77th annual New York State School Music Association Winter Conference, to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Rochester, N.Y.

Vocalist Kenyon, a Drama Club member, is known for her impressive performances in East Islip’s school musicals. She was nominated for a 2012 Teeny Award for her role as Lili in last year’s production of “Carnival!”

Stevens, an accomplished flutist and member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, has played in the school’s wind ensemble and concert band, and studied at Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music.

The pair’s outstanding audition performances at last spring’s NYSSMA Solo Festival led to their selection to represent East Islip High School in the All-State Women’s Choir and Symphonic Band concerts, respectively.

“These young musicians set the bar for all the music students here at East Islip and continue to fill us with EI pride,” said Stephen Guarino, East Islip’s director of art and music.   

The NYSSMA Winter Conference’s All-State concerts will be held at the famous Eastman Theater, where participants from across New York State will perform a rigorous program with over 900 fellow student-musicians under the direction of acclaimed conductors. NYSSMA’s All-State Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra and Women's Chorus Concert and its Vocal Jazz/Instrumental Jazz Concert will both be held Dec. 1, while the All-State Chorus, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Concert will take place Dec. 2.