William Floyd High School recently hosted its second annual Senior Signing Day event for college-bound student-musicians. In order to be a collegiate musician, students must gain acceptance to a college or university and then invited to audition, which involves rigorous preparation and a presentation of between two and five musical pieces performed before a panel of music professors. This year, numerous William Floyd High School seniors have committed to performing in collegiate music ensembles, two will minor in music and eight will major in music in the areas of music performance, music education, music therapy, music technology and music production/sound and recording. Altogether, this talented group of student-musicians earned more than $500,000 in college scholarships!
Congratulations to the students and all of their teachers including those who have helped them along the way in elementary, middle and high school! Pictured with the students are William Floyd High School music teachers Christopher Shaughnessy, Garrett Rode, Michael Cordaro, Garry Helbock, Donia Rivera, Barbara D’Orio, Dr. Amy Mason Sckipp, Mick Singh and music department coordinator George Ober.
Music majors include:
Zachary Neikens – The Juilliard School: Bass Trombone Performance
Kevin Quintanilla – Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University: Violin Performance
Desiree DeMelfi – Westminster Choir College at Ryder University: Vocal Performance and Theatre
Darren Sobol – SUNY Fredonia: Music Education
Robert Thurau – SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music: Music Education
Gabrielle Jones – SUNY Fredonia: Music Education
Sarah Acero-Grant – Suffolk Community College: Music Education
Jawan Rosado – SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music: Music Education
Music minors include: Victoria Kramer and Arielle Martinez
All students performing with collegiate ensembles include:
Zachary Neikens, Kevin Quintanilla, Desiree DeMelfi, Darren Sobol, Robert Thurau, Gabrielle Jones, Sarah Acero-Grant, Victoria Kramer, Arielle Martinez, Manny Santana, Robert Henn, Brittney Mayer, Jasmine Willard, Trinity Gilkey, Alexa Tauriello, Faith McKenna, Shamiah Michel, Bianca Convery and Mahogani Worley.
See album below for some additional photos!