Phoenix music students displayed their musical expertise in this year’s NYSSMA Solo Festival held at the Mexico middle school.
The NYSSMA Solo Festival is a state festival where students perform in front of certified music adjudicators.
A written evaluation and score are given to each student that participates.
Levels are given to solos based on their difficulty, ranging from one to six.
At this festival, students were also required to play a short sight reading passage as well as perform scales/rudiments. Advanced students may qualify for honor ensembles next year based on this year’s scores.
A few John C Birdlebough student highlights were: 10th grader Brian Breen who received a 100 on the marimba and a 98 on the flute; 10th grader Zachary Thompson who received a 99 on the tenor saxophone; 11th grader Mattingly Gleason who received a 99 on the oboe; 10th grader Daniel Knowlton who received a 96 on the trumpet; 12th grader Rachel Isbell who received a 96 on the clarinet; 11th grader Jacob Nicolini who received a 94 on the trumpet and 9th grader Dixon Ameele who received a 95 on the alto saxophone.
“Josh Margrey, Wyatt Parker and Ryan Luke performed marimba trio ‘Chasing the Caribou’ for comments only,” said music teacher David Frateschi. “The judge was wowed by their performance and said they had a very mature performance that was ‘amazing, brilliant, meticulously prepared and marvelous.’”