High School String Musician Adds Another Accolade

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Amityville Memorial High School junior Alex Diaz continues to add to his list of musical achievements. Alex will represent the district in the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Symphonic Orchestra, for which he will play the viola.

As a fifth grader, Alex began learning the violin, then added the viola to his repertoire in eighth grade. He plays the violin for the school orchestra, holding a leadership position as the ensemble’s concertmaster, and plays viola with the chamber orchestra. His musical talents have also been shared on stage, as he has performed in two musicals at Edmund W. Miles Middle School and two at the high school, including starring as the title role in last year’s production of “Shrek.”

Last year, Alex earned selection to the Long Island String Festival Association’s secondary school orchestra and the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All-County musical festival. He will now add All-State musician to his credentials. 

This past spring, thousands of students from across New York State, including Alex, auditioned for NYSSMA ensembles. The selection process was highly competitive and based upon evaluation scores and comments from the spring 2019 NYSSMA assessment, along with teacher recommendations. The Symphonic Orchestra will rehearse and perform at the All-State festival in Rochester from Dec. 5-8.

Outside of school, Alex plays viola for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and spends his Saturdays honing his music skills at Mannes Prep in New York City. This past summer, he participated in a six-week music camp through Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.

“I’m extremely proud of Alex and I look forward to all of the music that he’s going to continue to produce,” said his orchestra teacher, Bianca Ferrante. “He is a leader in our music program and sets an example for other students.”