Nine William Floyd music performance groups – three from William Floyd High School, three from William Floyd Middle School and three from William Paca Middle School – all received the highest ratings at local and regional festivals this past weekend.
Performing at the Eastern Region Assessment and Competition at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the William Floyd High School Women’s Choir (Ryan Feldscher), the Concert Orchestra (Dr. Amy Mason Sckipp) and the Colonial Band (Michael Cordaro) were rated as “Superior” by a panel of college music professors. This rating is conferred only upon ensembles of the absolute highest quality. Additionally, Dr. Sckipp’s String Orchestra received the award for “Best Overall Orchestral Performance” and Mr. Cordaro’s Colonial Band earned the “Best Overall Performance in Band” award.
Also, demonstrating their musical prowess were students from William Floyd Middle School and William Paca Middle School, who all received “Superior” ratings at the Long Island Music Festival held at the Van Nostrand Theatre at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. The performance groups earning “Superior” ratings from William Floyd Middle School were Band (Dawn Conefry); Orchestra (Rich Harris); and Mixed Chorus (Donia Rivera). The performance groups earning “Superior” ratings from William Paca Middle School were Band (Joseph Cordaro); Mixed Chorus (Michelle Seifert); and Orchestra (Donna-Visone O’Brien).
In her written adjudicator comments, Dr. Deborah Confredo, Professor of Music Education and Director of Graduate Programs for Music Education at Temple University, wrote that that William Floyd music is a “gem of a program” and that she appreciates how well the students are prepared for this event. She added that there is “fantastic stuff going on” in the William Floyd Music program.
“These music adjudication festivals offer our students the opportunity to perform for and receive feedback from distinguished music educators and college music professors,” said Ryan Feldscher, Lead Music Teacher, William Floyd School District. “Judges evaluate performances based on a wide variety of industry-standard musicianship criteria including tone, clarity, consistency, blend, balance, support, control, intonation, accuracy, precision, phrasing, nuance, expression, articulation, diction, and dynamics, to name a few. We are very proud of the tremendous accomplishments of such a large number of students and their passionate, dedicated teachers!”
William Floyd Middle School students celebrate their superior performances they put forth at the Long Island Music Festival.
NYSSMA Major Organization Adjudication Festival
Additionally, William Floyd High School student performance ensembles performed admirably at the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Major Organization Adjudication Festival held at William Floyd High School on May 27-28.
The student groups and their teachers won the following awards:
9th & 10th Grade Women’s Choir (Ryan Feldscher) – Level IV – Gold with Distinction
9th & 10th Grade Colonial Band (Michael Cordaro) – Level IV – Gold
9th & 10th Grade String Orchestra (Dr. Amy Mason Sckipp) – Level IV – Gold
9th – 12th Grade Concert Choir (Barbara D’Orio) – Level VI – Gold
11th & 12th Grade Wind Symphony (Michael Cordaro) – Level VI – Gold
11th & 12th Grade String Orchestra (Christopher Shaughnessy) – Level VI – Silver
11th & 12th Symphonic Orchestra (Christopher Shaughnessy) – Level VI – Silver
William Floyd Jazz Ensemble (Michael Cordaro) – Level V – Bronze
William Floyd Chamber Orchestra (Christopher Shaughnessy) – Level VI – Silver