Photo courtesy of the Bethpage Union Free School District
Junior Ryan O’Connell from Bethpage High School in the Bethpage Union Free School District was recently selected as an alternate for the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Winter Conference. He plays the bass clarinet and was chosen as an alternate for All-State’s symphonic band. This year’s conference will take place at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester from Dec. 1-4.
To earn a spot at All-State, students must be recommended by their teacher. They also had to prepare a NYSSMA level VI solo last spring which was evaluated by a NYSSMA Certified All-State adjudicator. To be recognized as an All-State participant or alternate is a great honor as only the top student-musicians are selected. As an alternate, O’Connell can still be accepted to participate in All-State prior to December.
The district congratulates him on this great achievement.