Amityville Music Groups Earn Silver Ratings

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Five music ensembles from the district received silver ratings at the Major Organization Assessment Festival this year hosted by the New York State School Music Association.

The groups receiving the designation were the Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School chorus led by Megan Ashe, the Edmund W. Miles Middle School band led by Michael Bonasera, the middle school chorus and the Amityville Memorial High School chorus, both directed by Debra Koraus, and the high school band, conducted by Jolene Maccarone.

According to NYSSMA assessment guidelines, a silver rating is awarded to ensembles that demonstrate “an excellent level of technical and artistic skill in each of the evaluated categories for all three selections.” Those categories include tone, intonation, balance, technique, accuracy and execution, rhythm and interpretation.

Two Park Avenue ensembles also received “superior” ratings at the Long Island Music Festival, the chorus, directed by Ms. Ashe, and the orchestra, conducted by Christine Klimek.

“I extend my congratulations to all of the participating music students and their teachers for a job well done,” said Dr. Frances Fernandez, director of fine arts.