As the music department approaches their final concerts of the year we wanted to recognize the three students who were selected to participate in the NYSSMA Winter Conference in December of 2021. Selection for the All-State Ensembles is extremely competitive and we are so proud of their accomplishments. Please join us for their final performances of the year. Photo from left to right: Abi Black, Enzo D'Jesus, and Audrey Chung
Abi Black, a Senior, has been involved in Music in Our Schools since kindergarten, performing in Victor’s choruses, orchestras, and bands throughout the years. She plays flute and piccolo in many community ensembles, including the Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, plus she has held principal flute positions in numerous honors ensembles such as All County and Area All State, ultimately earning a piccolo seat at NYSSMA Conference All State, for which Abi was also an alternate for flute. Abi spends her summers studying music, as well, and has been selected for several competitive summer intensives, such as the Eastman Summer Classical Studies, Philadelphia Summer Music Institute, New York State Summer School of the Arts, and the prestigious Juilliard Summer Winds intensive program for advanced high school musicians. Abi plans to major in business while minoring in Flute Performance at the University of Cornell in the Fall, 2022.
Enzo D’Jesus has studied voice for four years at the Eastman community music school ever since moving to Rochester New York. He has worked with Carrol Frangipane to develop and expand his classical singing and technique. Enzo plans to double major in college with a Bachelor’s degree in Music performance, and Biology. After gaining his undergraduate degrees he plans to advance into medical school and ultimately become a Doctor. Initially interested in Pediatrics Enzo has begun to look towards other specializations such as cardiology, and surgery. Although not currently in any ensembles outside of school Enzo has performed in Choirs with the RPO, A Magical Journey Through Stages, and various cultural festivals with an emphasis on Indigenous Latin American roots. With multiple experiences in all-county, all-state, and all-national choirs, Enzo has most critically benefited from the social and informative aspects of the ensembles. Although the performances are incredibly unique, each of them provides a sense of union and community. With so many people that enjoy the same things you do, and have the same passions and skills incredible things can happen in rehearsals and performances. Enzo D’Jesus would like to thank all of his supporters that have pushed him in the right direction. However, most importantly he would like to thank his parents for providing an ever-loving environment for him to cultivate his passions.
Audrey Chung started playing the violin when she was three years old. Her dad was her teacher until she turned sixteen and then she began taking private lessons with Tigran Vardanyan of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Audrey is also a member of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, directed by Casey Springstead. She is beyond grateful for the opportunities she has been given to work with so many people. Participating in various ensembles, including a quintet lesson group, Victor Philharmonic, Pit Orchestra, HYSO, Area All-State, and All-County, has allowed her to make lifelong friends and learn from amazing teachers who bring out her best. Audrey hopes to continue her musical journey in college, growing as a violinist while pursuing her interests in neuroscience and bioethics.