Albany High musicians are golden
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 17, 2018) -- The Albany High School Wind
Ensemble on Monday earned the highest rating for its performance at the
New York State School Music Association’s Major Ensemble Festival.
Under the direction of teacher John Halvorsen,
the group earned a gold rating for its Level VI program. Performances
are graded as "bronze," "silver" and "gold" and on a scale of I to VI,
with VI being the most difficult.
They performed “Marche Des Parachutistes Belges”
(March of the Belgian Paratroopers) by Pierre Leemans (arranged by
Charles Wiley); “A Movement for Rosa” by Mark Camphouse; and “Symphonic
Suite” by Clifton Williams.
“I can say without a shadow of a doubt that
they performed with every bit of musical energy they had ever been given
from the beginning of their studies up until this very moment. They
performed better than I ever could have when I was in high school and
owned every bit of the music,” Halvorsen said.
The festival was held at Shaker High School.
Congratulations to all! Wind Ensemble members include:
The mission of the City School District of Albany
is to work in partnership with our diverse community to
engage every learner in a robust educational program designed to provide
the knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
students in 18
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