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THE RENSSELAER COUNTY
SCHOOL MUSIC ASSOCIATION

PROUDLY PRESENTS

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Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Troy Middle School

Saturday, January 27, 2024 — 1:30 pm

Welcome!

Welcome to the digital RCSMA concert program for the Winter 2024 All-County Festival! This digital format allows you to follow along with our concert in new interactive ways. Each performing ensemble's program now includes hyperlinks that will bring you directly to information such as conductor biographies and ensemble rosters. We hope you enjoy the concert. Please remember to give our performers your best concert etiquette.

PROGRAM

I. GREETINGS

Christopher Siegenthaler, President

Rensselaer County School Music Association

II. ELEMENTARY BAND

Lorraine LaVoie, Conductor

Jessica Gould, Manager

Coronation March

Robert W. Smith

Sunset on the Sahara

Tom Motler

Pirate's Cove

Gene Milford

How to Train Your Dragon

John Powell/Arr. Robert Longfield

III. JUNIOR CHORUS

Alexis Bresnahan, Conductor

Carol Ann Weeks, Accompanist

Sara Feltes and Hannah Wunsch, Managers

Come to the Music

Joseph M. Martin

Nine Hundred Miles

American Folk Song/ Arr. Philip E. Silvey

Homeward Bound

Marta Keen/Arr. Jay Althouse

The Rhythm of Life

Coleman, Fields/Arr. Richard Barnes

IV. STRING ORCHESTRA

Chelsea Reaves, Conductor

Sue Chrzan and Michael Blostein, Managers

Themes from the Moldau

Smetana, Arr. Frost

Dreams of a Midsummer Night

Richard Meyer

Chicken Foot Transplant

Matt Turner

V. CHAMBER CHOIR

Bob Renzi, Conductor

Maria Braun, Accompanist

Sarah Christy and Leslie Eliashuk, Managers

Africa

Toto, Arr. Emerson

Lacrimosa

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wade in the Water

Arr. Kirby Shaw

Joyful, Joyful

Arr. Emerson

VI. SENIOR BAND

Dr. Andrew Pease, Conductor

Robert Allen and Michael Blostein, Managers

Joy Revisited

Frank Ticheli

Chasing Sunlight

Cait Nashimura

American Riversongs

Pierre LaPlante

A Galop to End All Galops

Warren Barker

Elementary Band Members

FLUTE

Alexis Bivins S

Addison Brandenburg L

Raegan Browe AP

Slater Connolly EG

Camila Crucetti W

Ryleigh Foust R

Charlotte Hoag  HV

Madison Johnson R

Emma Lowell BE

Conor O’Leary T

Cecelia Salisbury EG

Marshall VanVliet S

 

OBOE

Patricia Paglialonga HV

 

CLARINET I

Braeden Davis L

Lucy Hoffman RCP

Lilyanna Kannes R

Mazi Leanza-Backus RCP

Yaleeami Lopez R

Emma McMahon L

Mallory Meissner BR

Molly O’Keefe S

Nick VanVliet S

Sieyla Williams AP

CLARINET II

Rayonette Brock AP

Isabella Brown L

Stella Cardone T

Cruse Conners T

Eli Ehntholt BE

Ellie Friday-Hohman T

McKenna Kelley AP

Demi Kormos BE

Payton Renga W

Rosaleah Smith R

Dylan Spar S

Kyla Sweet HV

Mridini Tati R

BASS CLARINET

Joseph Ahrent L

Andrea Del Re HV

Quinn Keegan AP

 

ALTO SAXOPHONE I

Brynn Benyo AP

Anthony Perfetti BR

Parker Ruppe AP

Dannie Young BE

 

ALTO SAXOPHONE II

Crosby Murray W

Jeremiah Opoku T

Adam Willey AP

TENOR SAXOPHONE 

Alexander Havens L

Jenna Plummer L

 

BARITONE SAXOPHONE 

Valentina DiScanio T

 

TRUMPET I

Idin Dongkham-Rezey BR

Kyle Ellis EG

Joseph Knapp L

Stephen Kovalevich II L

Nora Luskin HV

Ronin McIntosh S

Jacob Russell AP

 

TRUMPET II

Hudson Disare W

Gavin Doubrava AP

Maren Hoffman RCP

Bethany Rosario T

Logan Stocklas AP

Ronan VanKempen S

HORN

Mason Kempter BR

Ava Simiele AP

Ben Stadnik EG

TROMBONE

Jameson Apfel T

Alexander Kuzmin T

Caleb LaCasse EG

Nicholas Miller AP

Logan Moore EG

Josiah Opoku T

Ian Petro EG
Gretta Rowlands HF

Grant Strang W

Quinn Wilson S

 

EUPHONIUM

Kaitlyn Burgess EG

Phoebe Harder HV

John Herbst EG

Chloe Tlaiji T

 

TUBA

Gwenevere Gamache S

Scarlett Stoffels EG

 

PERCUSSION

Alex Bergendahl L

Aliana Borgos R

Otis Corbett BE

Charlotte Hoffman BR

Reed Kasius T

Elyse Pirrotta EG

Isaiah Rosario R

Emily Tracy EG

Bio 1

Lorraine LaVoie is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose, retired from the East Greenbush Central School District in June of 2022, after 32 years of service.  During her tenure at Goff Middle School, Ms. LaVoie taught the 6, 7th & 8th grade bands.  Ms. LaVoie has recently returned to the EGCSD as a part-time elementary music teacher and continues to serve as the director of the Goff MS annual musical.  Ms. LaVoie earned her School District Administrator Certificate in 2003.  Under this certification, she served for several years as the EGCSD Music Department Chairperson, the Goff Middle School Summer School Principal, and as a Columbia High School Dean of Students.  Ms. LaVoie, a lifelong resident of Rensselaer County and mother of 3, enjoys yoga, hiking, skiing, singing in choir, and top on her list is spending time with her family, especially her new grandson and two goldendoodles, Bruin & Maisy.

Junior Chorus Members

SOPRANO

Clara Adrion BE

Annalyse Alarcon T

Madaline Barry EG

Heidi Beraldi BR

Emma Cody HV

Evalyn Craney AP

Taryn Dees AP

Genevieve Epping RCP

Mollie Fryer L

Alaina Gardner BE

Abigail Hallenbeck S

Emmeline Heer BR

Jayleigh Helmar L

Taylor Huggins L

Leanne Kaminsky EG

Emma Leyhane EG

Julia Mastromarchi HV

Molly McKeon BR

Alexandra Navarette EG

Maddie Pierre EG

Briana Pillow R

Gianna Rizk T

Kamila Rodriguez T

Lynx Sample S

Abigail Weeden HF

Mya Wiggins HF

Elena Woods EG

ALTO 

Patrick Allen L

Kaitlyn Baker HF

Brooke Belleville EG

Kaitlyn Booth EG

Magdalene Cirincione EG

Frances Gardner HF

Gabriella Germano EG

Alexia Gondola R

Nora Hains BR

Lydia Hall EG

Karsyn Hardy EG

Chloe Hart BE

Sumaiya Hossain T

Caitlin Kaminsky EG

Hazel Kereszi-Lynn T

Emma Kullman S

Vera Love RCP

Abiageal Maloney BR

Jayleina Mason L

Anya Mitchell HV

Andrew Moe L

Lillian Mumford BE

Molly Seymour HV

Oliver Terry T

Francesca Thornton RCP

Halley Williams BR

Ashley Ziegler R

BARITONE

Donovan Alexander S

McKinley Anderson L

Grady Ayotte EG

Jayden Blais L

Dederick Bolt BE

Samuel Boyer HF

Kenneth Bull BE

William Cottrell HV

Nathan Goodermote BE

Colin Graham EG

Michael Kruger BR

Jack Mallory HF

Stuart Mangione EG

Glenn Milliman HF

Angel Montanez T

Alexander Morales T

Evan Muench RCP

Tristan Murphy EG

Isaiah Paul-Smith BR

Markell Popov BE

Orion Riese RCP

Elias Rosario R

Xavian Ross T

Grady Rowlands HF

Zach Tobin EG

Bio 2

Alexis Bresnahan is a 2006 and 2007 graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education with a concentration in Voice. While at SUNY Potsdam, Mrs. Bresnahan was active as a student conductor of womens and mixed choirs at the collegiate level mentored by Dr. Rebecca Reames. Mrs. Bresnahan has had the honor of conducting All-County choirs in Dutchess, Fulton, Sullivan, Onondaga, and Rensselaer counties. Mrs. Bresnahan currently teaches general music and choirs at the middle school level in the Kingston City School District (Ulster County, NY). Mrs. Bresnahan is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). She also currently serves as the first vice-president of the Ulster County Music Educators Association (UCMEA). Mrs. Bresnahan lives in Red Hook, NY with her husband David and two daughters, McKenna (11) and Riley (8).

String Orchestra Members

VIOLIN I

Sophia Cunningham EG

Shannon Breimer EG

Suit Nwe EG

Kayde Quinn AP

Jasper Travis EG

Olivia Haughney T

Snehaa Gopinath EG

 

VIOLIN II

Madori Gaddy EG

Mira Pierce CH

Malese Jackson EG

Alexa Carrington T

Jalynn Robert EG

Eliot Merritt EG

Sophia Short T

VIOLA

Angelique Mendoza T

Mia Phillips EG

Zoe Allen EG

Marianna Pettinger EG

Serena Militello EG

Aiden Brennan CH

Ayana Rosario EG

Ellery Pierce CH

Riley Sheehan EG

BASS

Daniel McAlonie AP

Logan Messina EG

Kenny Casey CH

Bobby Rumsey EG

Uniah Murdaugh T

CELLO

Emma Gentile EG

Kindle Young EG

Dan LaPlante EG

Nick Rizzo EG

Lauren Salvesold-Uhlar CH

Kaleigh Mackey EG

Kamryn Hansen CH

Caroline Rumsey EG

Sophia Ciccarone EG

Aidan McShane CH

Klara Daoust EG

River O’Donnell AP

Phila Visconti CH

Bio 3

Chelsea Reeves is in her 16th year of teaching at the Ballston Spa Central School District. She has had the opportunity to work with Middle School and High School orchestra students. During this time, the string program has more than doubled its size.  Mrs. Reeves is an active member and Vice President of the Saratoga Warren County Music Educator Association, and believes that All County festivals are a wonderful way for students to connect and grow as musicians. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and a Master's in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose. Mrs. Reeves performs locally as a violinist in chamber orchestras, regional orchestras, as a pit musician and in the James Street String Quartet. Mrs. Reeves also enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, practicing yoga and being outdoors appreciating nature.

Chamber Choir Members

SOPRANO

Juliann Amuso BE

Hannah Beaudoin BR

Mea Cleary HF

Mikayla Melefant AP

Madelyn Reilly S

Chloe Rodriguez T

Josie Schmidt HV

Emma Stell L

ALTO 

Marisa Bertos AP

Kylee Bristol R

Scarlett Gearwar BR

Chyah Rhoden HF

Kate Marbot HV

Nora Miller T

Ella Ponzo L

Jasper Thomas S

TENOR

Logan Bloomfield AP

Ryan Fleming AP

Skylar Macyowskie S

Elias Ramirez T

Xavier Rosario R

BASS

Christian DuCharme AP

Shane Hatlee HF

Cole Jones BE

Tyler Lumpkin BE

Christian Rassmussen T

Anthony Williams-        

  McFadden L

Raymond Meeks T

Bio 4

Bob Renzi  has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Siena College and a Master’s degree in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose. He served as the Choir Director at Schalmont High School in Rotterdam, NY, for 25 years until his retirement in 2021. He has been a guest conductor at numerous All-County festivals throughout the Capital Region, and has previously served as the choir director at St. Edward’s Church in Clifton Park and the Clifton Park Community Choir. He also plays keyboards, guitar and sings in a classic rock band.

Senior Band Members

FLUTE/PICCOLO

David Morelli AP

Lily Sager EG

 

FLUTE

Elisabeth McDonald T

Julia Melchoir R

Dan Vincent BR

Norah Smerdon BE

Jayli Capasso BE 

Abbigaile Salisbury HV

Felicia Mysliwiec HV 

CLARINET

Dylan Doeg T

Karalina Hastings HF

Amelia Hein AP

Emiily Wood L

Sophia Hart BE 

Sadie McCarthy EG

Anna Grace Macica HV

Alys Lowell L

Laila Cook R

Kevaia Dozier R

Zoey Sapp AP 

BASS CLARINET

Sean Davis HF

Erin Yeung HF

Charlie Young BE

ALTO SAXOPHONE

Mason Niedhammer L

Tyler Munson BR

Liam Ouimet LSI

Madeline Bisceglia T

Evan Spain T 

Evan Laurenzo S

Andrew Denio T 

TENOR SAXOPHONE 

Kris Gizzo EG

Kiera Cronk L 

BARITONE SAXOPHONE 

Jamari Flowers T

John Albarelli R

Abigail Kussler T

HORN

Ashleigh Smerdon BE

TRUMPET

Caleb Apgar T

Mackenzie Villegas R

John Long T

Valentina Popov BE

Ryan Ecker EG

Eneri (TJ) Clementi R

TROMBONE

Ethan Meeks HV

John Wasula T

Aiden Taylor R

Andrew Pouliott T

Lee Snyder T 

Mason Young HF

 

EUPHONIUM

Roy Wajda AP

Collin Shea BR 

 

TUBA

Alex (Claire) Paulson HF

Care Coonradt T

 

PERCUSSION

Eve Oathout T

Wyatt Hall HF

Liam Nevins S

Tiair Montes-Smith T

Dan Lane HF 

Bio 5

Andrew Pease serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, where he leads the Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble. He is also co-conductor of the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, a community band also based in Oneonta. His guest conducting work has taken him to several states and the UK, and he has presented nationally and internationally on topics in the wind band field. He has degrees from Dartmouth College, Columbia University Teachers College, and Hofstra University. He completed doctoral studies in wind conducting at Arizona State University, studying with Gary Hill. His work there earned him the 2017 American Prize in Collegiate Wind Band Conducting. He started his career in New York City, where he was music director of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble and the community band Columbia Summer Winds. Throughout his varied career, he has directed players of all ages and ability levels, from elementary beginning band to adult amateurs to professional ensembles. He runs two websites dedicated to wind bands. Wind Band Literature (windliterature.org) is a repertoire resource for bands around the world. The Wind Band Symphony Archive (windsymphonies.org) is a dynamic archive of symphonies for wind band.

CODA

Special thanks to:

Enlarged City School District of Troy Music Department

Lori McAllister, Festival Chair Person

Tara Higgins-Pascucci, Catherine Russell, Elizabeth Edwards, John Vatalaro, Deborah Friedman Sheerer, Nick Harbacz, David Cudzillo, Jason Boemio, Tim Williams, Julie Morse, Ken Kelly, Elizabeth Roorda, Shelby Clark, Christopher Sullivan, Music Staff 

 

Troy Middle School Administration

Ian McShane- Principal

Josh Monk- Assistant Principal

Domenica Hallett- Assistant Principal

John Carmello- TCSD Superintendent

The TCSD Board of Education for their continued support of our music program

THS and TMS Maintenance Staff and Custodial Staff

TCSD Booster Club

TCSD Music Department Parent

 

Rensselaer County School Music Association Officers

President - Christopher Siegenthaler BR 

Vice-President - Kristina Koonz BR 

Secretary - Leslie Eliashuk BE

Treasurer - Melissa Zimmermann HF 

Member-At-Large - Hannah Wunsch EG

Past-President - David Bresnahan EG 

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