RCS musicians make splash at Fall GCMEA and NYSSMA

RCS hosts GCMEA Fall All County Festival

Fifty-six Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle and High School students recently performed as part of the Greene County Music Educators Association (GCMEA) Fall All County Festival.  The festival featured four performing ensembles made up of students from the seven GCMEA schools.  Our very own sixth grade middle school music teacher, Nathaniel Wardlaw, was the guest director of the Elementary Chorus and the RCS Music Department was proud to host this year’s Fall Festival with our newly renovated auditorium, new piano and new risers.

The following RCS students were selected to participate in the All County Festival based on their strong applications and rankings among the large pool of applicants:

Elementary Chorus (sixth grade students)

Soprano: Katherine Burch, Chloe Canham, Bridget Enberg, Kylee Fenell, Alyssa Griffin, Elizabeth Horvath, Sonia Snyder, Jillian Hallisey

Alto: Jenna Kendrick, Jillian Hallisey, Andrew Ginder, James Richardson, Austin Rosado, Nashea Haney, Brody White

Junior Band (seventh-ninth grade students)

Emma Porlier, flute; Renee Rivers, flute; Maxine Weiss, flute; Jared Lamson, clarinet; Liam Hallisey, clarinet; Lydia Hommel, clarinet; Grace Engel, alto saxophone; Summer Jones, tenor saxophone; Maria Morrow, tenor saxophone; Ian Shackelton, baritone saxophone; Tyler Levine, trumpet; George White, trumpet; Andrew Chambers, trombone; Maeve Newkirk, trombone; Jake Porter, tuba; Earl Thomasson, tuba

Senior Chorus (tenth-twelfth grade students)

Soprano: Winnie Civill, Madealyn Frankovic, Tessa Fryer, Hailey Morgan

Alto: Sarah Eckl, Mackenzie Jones, Evelyn Lawton, Abigail Varney

Tenor: Kaden Gransbury, Elijah Porlier, Bryan Schwabrow

Bass: Jeremy Carrk, Kale Gransbury, Kolton Keeler, Kevin Thorne, Aydin White, Conner Wills

Jazz Ensemble (tenth-twelfth grade students)

Ryan Zampella, tenor sax; Maxwell Knaust-Wood, trombone; Simon Lindmark, trumpet; Nicholas Sabatino, trumpet; Cameron Shackelton, bass; Marco Bermejo, drum set/percussion; Michael Neenan, guitar; Ossian Mapes, piano

NYSSMA Area All State Festival

This year’s New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Area All State Festival was held at Saratoga Springs High School, Nov. 17 and 18.  Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk students were selected to various performing ensembles based on high scores earned at last spring’s NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival. They joined the most talented students from our NYSSMA Zone (7), which includes about 50 school districts from the greater capital region.

Jazz Ensemble

  • Michael Neenan – guitar

“This acceptance is by audition and as far as we know, is the first time EVER an RCS student was selected to the Jazz Ensemble,” RCS music teacher Michelle McLoughlin said.

Mixed Chorus

  • Winnie Civill – Soprano I
  • Sarah Eckl – Alto I
  • Wren Evans – Alto I
  • Kale Gransbury – Bass 1
  • Mackenzie Jones – Alto I
  • Evelyn Lawton – Alto II
  • Laya Mathai – Alto II
  • Hailey Morgan – Soprano I
  • Cameron Shackelton – Bass I
  • Abigail Varney – Alto II
  • Aydin White – Bass I

Concert Band

  • Maxwell Knaust-Wood – trombone
  • Simon Lindmark – trumpet
  • Nicholas Sabatino – trumpet
  • Ryan Zampella – clarinet