Over 30 students named All-County Musicians


The Nassau Music Educators Association recognized over 30 Baldwin students as All-County musicians across the Baldwin School District last month.

The Nassau Music Educators Association named a total of 37 students from across Baldwin School District All-County musicians in January. The school district said students were selected based on their NYSSMA scores from last spring and represent the individuals who achieved the highest marks. 

The Nassau Music Educators Association and its members are a dedicated group of teachers and educational professionals who believe in the value of a quality music education taught by qualified music educators.

 Rehearsals for All-County performances began January 4, and the festival ran through January 15. 

Over 15 high school students were recognized, including — Sanaa Cadet, playing Tenor Saxaphone, Christina Tephly and Kadence Blount, and Siu-Lin Sampson, as a vocal Altos, Joaquin Lopez as vocal bass, Brandon Firth, as a baritone, Travis Brown and Ryan Clarke, as a tuba and sousaphone players, Daniel  Figueroa and Jacob Wittemann, as a trombone players, Angelo Guerrero, as a french horn player, Laura Velasquez, Camdresa Davis, Jillian Cooke, Chelsea Panky, and Siu-Lin Sampson, as violin players, and Rachel Lyons as a cello player.

In the middle school, the association recognized —Emah Vaval, on the cello, Kelechi Ugbala, on jazz guitar, Sophia Lyons, as a violinist, Alfred Lee, playing the flute, and Conner McGinley, on the clarinet.

In the elementary schools, Aria Schoppner, Genesis Torres, Desean Brown, Liya Little, Ava Drinkwater-Louverture, Mia Jones, Gavin Sorensen, Cerai Ashybyand Summer James were recognized for children’s voice. 

Additonally Mia Peou was selected for trumpet, Clay Caitlin and Lily Nelson, as violinists, Adam Kessba, as an alto saxophone player, Evan Dash, as a double bass player, and Nazir O’Neal, percussion.