300 students showcased in All-County Music Festival

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 March 2017 at 6:59 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Dr. Carrie Pawelski, the middle school band director in Jamestown, leads the All-County Junior High Band today during a concert at Medina High School.

The band included students from Albion, Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville and Medina.

The All-County Music Festival today featured 301 students, with 114 performing in the elementary chorus, 88 in the junior high band and 99 in the senior high chorus. The Orleans County Music Educators’ Association organized the event.

Dean Vallas (back to camera), a choral music teacher in North Tonawanda, led the senior high chorus. They are shown performing “Oye.”

The senior high chorus also sang “I Hear a Voice A-Prayin’,”  “When I Hear Music,” and “Make Them Hear You.”

Constance A. Allison, a retired vocal music teacher at Lockport High School, directed the elementary chorus.

The elementary chorus performed “Alleluia! Sing! Rejoice,” “Will You Teach Me?” “Dansi na Kuimba,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and “Promised Land.”

The junior high band performed “Serengeti Dreams,” “Asian Folk Rhapsody,” and “Cajun Folk Songs.”

Claire Squicciarini of Albion, center, plays the flute in the junior high band.

Jaden Pencille of Medina played the mallets as a percussionist in the junior high band.

Anna Oakley of Kendall was picked as an alto for the senior high chorus.

Arella Ives (center), a soprano from Albion, sings with the senior high chorus.

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