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Albany High's Select Choir takes home the gold -- again


ALBANY, N.Y. (May 3, 2012) -- They sang three pieces of extraordinarily challenging music at the most difficult level. And the judges gave their performance a top rating.


Led by Director Brendan Hoffman, Albany High School's Select Choir earned a "gold" rating at the New York State School Music Association's Choral Festival May 3 at Bethlehem High School.


It's the third gold the ensemble netted in three years, and its first competing at Level VI -- the highest degree of complexity.


Not content to rest on their laurels, the Select Choir will perform a May 16 concert with Albany Pro Musica. The free concert, scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose, will feature each ensemble performing its own music and a combined set.


Members of the select choir are:





Emily Campbell

Emily Andrews

Hilly Adler

Jahliek Allen

Katelyn Campione

Kelsey Blake

Francis Aguado

Nikolai Mishler

Molly Cantwell

Shannon Bradley

Isaac Rosen

Troy Norton

Jennifer Criscione

Julia Chirlin

Pierce Dias-Carlson

Ryan Ramos

Emily Dominiak

Anne-Marie DeRusso

Braxton Fowler

Jesse Rawson

Deyja Fredericks

Shyhanne Ellis

Nicholas Gardner

Jonathan Schaefer

Jenna Goldfarb

Tanisha Findley

Qua’von Johnson

Adrian Sicat

Amal Hechehouche

Devan Finkell

Christopher Kissane

Alejandro Torres

Lucy Holocek

Tierra Fryar

Dylan Murphy

Hezekiah Williamson

Jenette Johnson

Bryanna Greer

Lucas Phayre-Gonzales


Rachel Kaziyev

Mariah Kennedy-Phillips

Josiah Pickett


Aidymarie Maldonado

Allie Kugler



Charisse Mitchell

Antonaia Merritt



Tyaela Nieves

Malayzah Morris



Lily Regan

Anissa Quandt



Jeanne Ringwald

Jasmine Rivera



Aidyanne Torres

Erica Sicat



Sofia Villela

Bess Zafran




The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves about 8,700 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

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