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Byram Hills Student-Musicians Earn Prestigious NYSSMA All-State Designation

Six Byram Hills High School students have been selected as participants or alternates in the 2018 New York State School Music Association All-State conference, the highest statewide honor for high school musicians.

The Byram Hills students were among thousands who auditioned in the spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout New York. They are among nearly 900 students accepted into All-State ensembles that will perform later this year at NYSSMA’s winter conference.

The students chosen for the Mixed Chorus ensemble were soprano Charlie Cohen, alto Megan Hwang and tenor Jake Wild. Trombonist Brent Perlman was selected for the Symphonic Orchestra. Soprano Isabelle Ilan and bass Shea Gordon were selected as alternates.

“The Music Department is supremely proud of these accomplishments,” said Deepak Marwah, the Byram Hills Director of Fine Arts. “We’re sending students who have worked really hard in their ensembles and in preparing their solos. They’re going to represent Byram Hills among so many other excellent musicians in their age group. They’re leaders in our music program.”

The students will attend the NYSSMA winter conference in Rochester, New York in November and early December, and will perform at the Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

“Congratulations to all of our music educators throughout the entire district for helping to prepare our students for this great honor,” Mr. Marwah said.

2018 NYSSMA Musicians

Six student-musicians at Byram Hills High School were selected as participants or alternates in the 2018 New York State School Music Association All-State conference in Rochester, New York. From left, they are: Megan Hwang, Charlie Cohen, Brent Perlman, Shea Gordon, Jake Wild and Isabelle Ilan.