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  • OBHS Senior Selected for the All-State Symphonic Band


    On December 6, music will fill the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, which is the largest performance venue at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, located in downtown Rochester, New York.  Joining the All-State Symphonic Band on French Horn will be Oyster Bay High School Senior, Emma Ingoglia.


    Ms. Ingoglia began preparing for this honor over a year ago when she got together with OBEN Music Teacher Meagan Finnerty and began practicing Morceau de Concert, Opus 94 by Camille Saint-Saëns with Emma on French Horn and Ms. Finnerty on Piano.  After months of intense practice, the two musicians performed the piece during the Spring 2016 NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Festival.  The piece is a Level 6 difficulty and Emma was awarded a perfect score.


    After months of deliberation, the judges selected the best of the best to be a part of the All-State Symphonic Band.  Emma will travel to Rochester, New York on December 2 to rehearse with the band and perform on Tuesday, December 6.


    What an impressive career Emma has had while at Oyster Bay High School.  The tone was set as a freshman when she played at Carnegie Hall with Mr. Sisia and the combined OBHS band and wind ensemble.  Ms. Ingoglia played with the OBHS Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Band and Pit Band for the Spring Musical production.  She was inducted into the Tri-M (Modern Music Masters) Honor Society where she serves as Secretary.


    Ms. Ingoglia is the quintessential well-rounded student.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science Honor Society and Mathletes.  Emma also has been a member of the Varsity Soccer Team and helped launch the Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at OBHS.


    Emma plans on attending the University of Georgia next September where she will continue to play music.  She plans on pursuing a double major in Music Performance and the Biological Sciences.


    The Supervisor of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Fine and Performing Arts Department, Mr. Peter Rufa, recognized Emma’s accomplishment at the October Board of Education meeting.  Here is what he said:


    “It brings me great pleasure to be here this evening to honor one of our finest student musicians.  There is nothing more exciting for a student musician than to learn that they have been selected to participate in an All-State Winter Conference performing ensemble.  Each year over 6700 students audition to be a part of the 8 performing ensembles that are featured at the New York State School Music Association’s annual winter conference.  Of those 6700 students roughly 900 talented musicians from across the state are selected. In order to be an All-State musician they have to develop a very special set of skills that elevate them to a distinguished level of proficiency and musicianship.


    The first of these skills includes practice but, it may not be in the way you or I envision practice.   An All-State musician does not just sit and play the etudes or songs they sound great on but rather they reflect on what they can improve upon and spends more time on mastering those challenging measures because that is where the real feeling of accomplishment comes from. 


    They listen.  They listen to the feedback their teachers provide them to improve.  Where others may hear criticism an All-State Musician hears the love that their teachers have for them and know that their teachers believe that they can continue to grow.  An All-State musician recognizes that a feed-back loop is essential to their own development.  They take the guidance their teachers have provided them and put those very words into action.


    Lastly an All-State musician is persistent.  They focus on their areas of growth and work hard to push through their plateaus.  They return to the solace of their chair and music stand every day knowing that this could be the day they finally ace that difficult passage in their music.


    I am proud to share that Emma Ingoglia has embodied these characteristics and earned a perfect NYSSMA score on her 2016 All-State Solo.  Emma has been selected to represent the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School district at the 2016 All-State Winter Conference.  Emma will be performing on her French horn as a member of the All-State Symphonic Band.


    Over her school career Emma has been a member of the symphonic band, performed in the Nassau County All-County Music festival twice, is an active member of the Tri-M music honor society, and performed in the Beauty and the Beast pit band.   Emma has also expanded her performance opportunities outside of Oyster Bay by being selected to participate in the Nassau Suffolk Wind Symphony and is currently a member of the Long Island Youth Orchestra. Emma congratulations on this incredible accomplishment.


    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of Emma’s music teachers for supporting Emma over the course of her musical career.  I would like to add a special thank you to Mr. Sisia who has mentored Emma over the past 4 years and has pushed her to reach her fullest potential.  Most importantly to you Emma I would like to share how very proud of you we all are and my heartfelt congratulations on your hard work and dedication.”


    Ms. Ingoglia will be performing with the Oyster Bay High School Wind Ensemble in their Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 21 in the Oyster Bay High School Performing Arts Center (The PAC).






















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