QHS students selected for all-state ensembles

Two Queensbury High School students have been selected to the All-State Symphonic Orchestra and All-State Treble Choir. They participated in concerts held at the acclaimed Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY during the annual Winter Conference of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) held from Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2018.

Tiffany Hotte, violin – 12th grade, has been selected for the Symphonic Orchestra and has been performing for eight years. She plays violin in the Queensbury HS Sinfonietta Orchestra, under the direction of Gregory Verheyn and is concertmaster of the Chamber Ensemble. Tiffany has an extensive performing background which includes years of All-County Orchestra Festivals, where she has held concertmaster positions in addition to being selected for Area-All State orchestra for the past two years. Tiffany sings in the Concert Choir as well.

Lauren Bauer, voice – 12th grade, has been selected for the Treble Choir and has been performing for eleven years. She sings in the Queensbury HS Concert Choir, under the direction of Matthew Gaulin and is also a member of the Madrigal Singers. She has a vast performing resume that also includes biannual recitals, school and regional musical theater, where she has held many lead roles as well as numerous All-County festivals and summer camps. Additionally, Lauren is also an accomplished violinist in the orchestra program where she is a senior contributing member of the Chamber Ensemble

“When both girls were asked of their experience, their response was simply that it was a life changing experience,’’ said QHS Orchestra Director, Gregory Verheyn. “The hard work and dedication demanded by their craft is evident. Lauren and Tiffany are excellent representatives of the Queensbury Music Department and we are so proud of their monumental accomplishment, following their dreams, and for leading by example.”

The All-State experience begins with a music educator, his or her student and an accompanist spending countless hours preparing a NYSSMA Level 6 solo which must be selected from repertoire lists in the current manual. Last spring, more than 6,500 sophomores and juniors from across the state of New York prepared for All-State evaluations in the hope of being one of the approximately 850 students selected.