November 3, 2015

Hilton musicians participate in Roberts Wesleyan Honors Band

Seventeen Hilton High School students were accepted to the Roberts Wesleyan Honors Band this year based on their Solo Festival scores and teacher recommendations. This is the most Hilton students ever to be accepted.

The three-day Roberts Wesleyan Honors Band and Chorus Festival took place Oct. 23-25 with close to 130 high school students from across New York State participating.

The young musicians were kept busy with sectionals, master classes and many hours of rehearsal time; games and activities in the newly renovated Voller Athletic Center; and a recital on Saturday night featuring Roberts music students and faculty.

The culminating concert took place on Sunday afternoon in Hale Auditorium with an audience of nearly 400 people. Under the baton of Dr. Paul Shewan, Professor of Instrumental Music at Roberts, the Honors Band opened the concert with Boysen's Kirkpatrick Fanfare. They performed a total of six pieces, and impressed the audience with their performance of the familiar O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, Mvts. 9 and 13 by Carl Orff.

Shown are:  (front, l-r) Andrew Springer, Alexandria Maneti, Katherine Abbott, Sarah Steiger, Shannon McPhee and Alyssa Reese; (back) Matthew Piato, Phillip Koenig, Maxwell Jamerson, Jared Spring, Audrey Hoyt, William Dobles, Amber Phillips, Nathan Reiser, Michael Speciale, Daniel Keirsbilck and Dominic Florio.