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District Hosts SCMEA Festival

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Shoreham-Wading River High School recently hosted the Suffolk County Music Educators Division II East band, orchestra and choir festival. Students from numerous Suffolk County schools were selected to participate based on their musical performance in New York State School Music Association concerts and teacher recommendations.

“Our Tri-M Honor Society students, under the leadership of adviser Ashley O’Connor, led the volunteer movement needed to pull off this event,” said concert choir teacher Dennis Creighton, of the more than 400 students from other schools who participated in the three ensembles during the first two weekends of March.

Albert G. Prodell Middle School eighth-grader Carter Rubin was selected as the Division II soloist for the piece “Joyful, Joyful.”

Students from Shoreham-Wading River also attended the Division I festival, held in the Port Jefferson School District and the Division III festival, held in the Patchogue-Medford School District, and were chaired by Albert G. Prodell Middle School orchestra teacher Mr. Fred Volz and band director Mr. Jim Finnerty, respectively.

The two-weekend event was filled with some of the best young musicians in Suffolk County. Sixty-eight students represented Shoreham-Wading River at SCMEA this year.