Violist earns All-National Music Selection

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Alex Diaz, a rising senior at Amityville Memorial High School, has been selected to the National Association for Music Education’s All-National symphonic orchestra. He is the first student ever from Amityville be named to a national music honor ensemble.

The selection process is highly competitive, as thousands of students from across the country vied for limited spots in All-National honor ensembles. A viola player, Alex completed an extensive application along with submitting recorded musical auditions and teacher recommendations. 

Alex has become one of the most accomplished musicians in Amityville history, adding an All-National selection to previous All-State and All-County honors. He has performed in ensembles through the New York State School Music Association, the Suffolk County Music Educators Association, the Long Island String Festival Association, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Knights/Tilles Center String Orchestra Convocation.

The NAfME All-National Music Festival and Conference is tentatively scheduled to take place in Orlando from Nov. 5-8, based on state and national health guidelines. The 2020 symphonic orchestra will be conducted by accomplished orchestra director and teacher Nobuyoshi Yasuda.

“Congratulations to Alex, his family and his past and present music teachers on this outstanding accomplishment,” said Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez. “This is a well-deserved selection for a very talented musician.”