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Au Sable Valley hosts student musicians for Area All State

More than 250 students from Essex and Franklin County schools made their way to Au Sable Valley to participate in the annual Zone 6 Area All State Concert Saturday, Nov. 23.

More than 250 students from Essex and Franklin County schools made their way to Au Sable Valley to participate in the annual Zone 6 Area All State Concert Saturday, Nov. 23. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— More than 250 students from Essex and Franklin County schools made their way to Au Sable Valley to participate in the annual Zone 6 Area All State Concert Saturday, Nov. 23.

The concert, hosted by the Middle/High School at AVCS, featured the best regional music students performing in concert band, women’s chorus, mixed chorus and jazz ensemble.

Students participated in two days of practice starting Friday, Nov. and throughout the following morning before participating in the Saturday concert.

The concert was chaired by AVCS music teachers Steven Collier and Terry Saulsgiver. Michael Nystoriak was the band chairperson; Elizabeth Cordes the women’s chorus chair; and William Verity the mixed chorus chair. Saulsgiver and Jennifer Moore co-chaired the jazz ensemble.

The concert band was conducted by Rick Regan and performed “Intrada,” “Variations On A Korean Folksong,” “Cloudburst,” and “Undertow.”

Local members included:

Elizabethtown-Lewis: Megan Rushby (flute), Corinne White (trumpet)

Saranac Lake: Anna Izzo (flute), Dominique Santiago (clarinet), Cassitty Rose (clarinet), Mitchell Deleel (trumpet), Haakon Pederson (euphonium)

Tupper Lake: Kendall Davison (trumpet)

The women’s chorus was conducted by Dr. Barbara A. Brinson and accompanied by Elizabeth Cordes. They performed “Sound the Trumpet,” “Nigra Sum,” (violin accompaniment by Elaine Dewar and Dorit Gaedtke) “Fly, Singing Bird,” “Danny Boy,” and “Bring Me Little Water, Silvy.” Local members included:

Au Sable Valley: Erin Butler, Latalya Duell, Sarah Edwards, Brianna Drake, Emilie Kilburn, Kassie LaHart, Taylor Lincoln.

Elizabethtown-Lewis: Katie Whittemore, Zoe Reusser, Alexandra Simard

Keene: Brianna Joanette, Liza Amirault, Jordan Swiridowsky

Lake Placid: Ally Wallace, Ashley Chris, Audrey Draper, Liza Marinis, Victoria O’Leary, Laura Stanton, Adele Jesmer, Hanna Potter, Matoaka Riedl

Saranac Lake: Ivy Huber, Elodie Linck, Maeve Peer, Julia Detar, Logan Hochwald, Olivia Hunt, Levi Valentin, Selena Baillargeon, Elsa Evans Kummer, Kaitlin Lawless, Morgan Paul

Willsboro: Sherika Pulsifer, Lizzie Daly

The mixed chorus was under the direction of Jason Dashew with Collier as the accompanist. They performed “Cantate Domino,” “That I Ever Saw,” “Can You Hear,” “The Seal Lullaby,” and “Take Me to the Water.” Local members included:

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