Farmingdale High School continues to fill its halls with sweet musical notes created by its talented musicians. And this year, the District wasn’t the only one who took note. Three stand-out seniors have been selected for the prestigious All-Eastern Music Honors Ensembles. Recipients include Aidan Kelly, Cooper Malanowski, and Gabriella Sferlazza. Throughout their musical career, they’ve had the opportunity to perform with other quality high school musicians all along the Northeast coast.
“The music department at Farmingdale High School is so proud of our three All-Eastern musicians,” said Mr. Greg Warnokowski, Director of Fine Arts. “This is an honor that comes after an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to their music studies, and Aidan, Cooper, and Gabriella should be very proud of their accomplishments. They can consider themselves as three of the best high school musicians on the east coast!”
Cooper Malanowski was selected to perform with the Jazz Band. Aidan Kelly was chosen as a vocalist with the Mixed Chorus and Gabriella Sferlazza with the Treble Chorus. All three musicians performed in the fall with the All-State Honor Ensembles. Kelly and Sferlazza were selected as alternates for the All-National Honors Ensembles.
“I have known these students since sixth grade,” said Ms. Jessica Mischke, High School Chorus Director. “Watching their many accomplishments over the years has been incredible. They make Farmingdale so proud!”
Farmingdale teachers who sponsored the musical efforts include Ms. Jessica Mischke, Chorus Director, and Ms. Gina Pellettiere, High School Band Director, along with proud high school music staff members Mr. Matthew DeMasi and Ms. Barbara Lieberman.
“I am so proud of the students for representing the Farmingdale Music Department,” said Ms. Gina Pellettiere, High School Band Director. “They are hard-working, talented, and certainly deserve the honor of being part of the highly competitive All-Eastern Ensembles. This year, they have overcome many obstacles and continue to make music an important part of their lives.”
The All-Eastern Honor Ensembles will come together for a “Virtual Weekend” March 4-6. The event will include keynote speakers, masterclasses with professional musicians, and college networking opportunities. This year, students will individually record their All-Eastern Ensemble performance from home, led by a conductor virtually. The recordings will be edited together to produce a concert performance like no other, set to premiere on April 23 at the 57th NAfME Eastern Division Virtual In-Service Conference.
For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.