Three Long Island High School for the Arts music students will be participating in the Nassau Music Educator's Association All County Concert on Saturday, January 14 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Representing their home districts are Marissa Ready, Syosset UFSD, and Jillian Rossi, Bellmore-Merrick CHSD, will be in the All County Chorus and Mokutima Ekong, Hempstead UFSD, will be in the All County Band. Student Amari Dechinea of Uniondale is playing in the All-County orchestra.
The All-County Festival is a major performance festival for band, chorus and orchestra. It is split into different regions and divisions throughout the county. The large performing ensembles consist of 300 students representing the different school districts across the county. Teachers select students from their home-school band, chorus and orchestra, based on NYSSMA scores and recommendations, to be submitted to the All-County committee for acceptance.
The committee forms an ensemble with equal representation from each participating teacher/district. Once the ensemble is chosen, the music is distributed to each school and the students' home-school teachers help prepare them for the Festival. There are usually three rehearsals and one concert with a Guest Conductor.
The All-County groups are select in that the music is challenging and there is not much rehearsal time. The rehearsals are demanding and sometimes, the students only work with the Guest conductor twice before the actual performance.