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Monticello musicians selected for prestigious ensembles

November 13, 2012

Esther Hong and Angelo HeimowitzAngelo Heimowitz and Esther Hong, students at Monticello High School, were selected to participate in the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Zone 9 Area All-State Music Festival at Monroe-Woodbury High School on November 17. The annual concert features students from five counties who were chosen on the basis of their outstanding solo performances given last spring at the NYSSMA festival.

Esther, a junior, is a member of Senior Choir, Chamber Singers and the String Orchestra. Esther’s friendly voice is heard daily on the morning announcements. Outside of schools, Esther studies voice with David Trombley (Trombley Music Studio). She has performed at the Forestburgh Playhouse in the productions of “Annie” and “The King and I.”

Angelo, a senior, is a member of Senior Choir, Chamber Singers and the Dance Company. He is seen regularly on stage for the high school's drama and musical productions. Outside of school, Angelo studies voice with David Trombley (Trombley Music Studio). He performs with Hudson Valley Opera Theatre and volunteers at the Center for Discovery. He was also selected to perform at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference on December 2. More than 7,000 student musicians throughout New York State auditioned last spring to be considered for this elite honor. Angelo plans to major in drama when he enters college next fall.

For the fifth consecutive year, Monticello was named by the NAMM Foundation as a “Best Community for Music Education.” Head Teacher Ann Trombley says, “We have a highly qualified music faculty and our students actively engage in music making on a daily basis. Our School Board, administration and community are recognized statewide for their dedication and support of the performing arts. The success of these individual students is a result of support from parents, music teachers grades K-12, administration and the community.”