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Two John Jay Music Students Receive State Honors

John Jay students Rachael Rodgers and Yanni Metaxas were recently honored by the New York State School Music Association.
John Jay students Rachael Rodgers and Yanni Metaxas were recently honored by the New York State School Music Association. Photo Credit:

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – Two John Jay students were recently chosen by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to participate in the 77th Annual All-State Winter Conference in Rochester, N.Y.

Flutist Rachael Rodgers and violinist Yanni Metaxas were selected after they auditioned last spring along with thousands of other students and then chosen by a statewide selection committee. Rodgers performed with the wind ensemble and Metaxas performed with the symphonic orchestra.

Nearly 900 student musicians rehearsed day and night, and then took part in three performances at the historic Eastman Theater last month.

Additionally, Rodgers has been selected to represent New York State at this year’s National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles performance slated for April in Hartford, Conn. She will perform on flute with the All-Eastern Band. Rodgers is only the second Katonah-Lewisboro School District student to be chosen in nearly 20 years to receive this honor.

More than 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the eastern region of the United States have been selected to perform. Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division oversee the selection process in their state and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors who participated in All-State festivals. A committee then builds the ensembles from the state presidents’ ranked lists, trying to mimic the state population percentages in each group.

The 2013 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles will perform  on April 7, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. For program and ticket information, go to www.nafme-eastern.org .

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