Wayne Central High School received two letters of acceptance and one alternate selection for students selected to participate in this year’s NYSSMA All-State Music Festival.

Wayne Central High School received two letters of acceptance and one alternate selection for students selected to participate in this year’s NYSSMA All-State Music Festival.

In order to be accepted a musician must receive a perfect score in a formal audition performance, requiring preparation and performance of a level six (most difficult) solo, a sight-reading exam, and performance of thirteen scales. The annual festival, sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), is considered to be one of the highest honors a school musician can attain. Over 6,000 high school sophomores and juniors audition for All-State each year and only eight hundred are accepted state-wide.

Trumpeter Breeanna Ebert was selected as an alternate trumpet for any instrumental ensemble that might need a replacement.  Breeanna has been a member of the Wayne All-County Band since 6th grade and has participated in Area All-State Band and orchestra. Miss Ebert spends a great deal of time at the Eastman Community Music School participating in several music classes, lessons, and ensembles. In addition, she is a 2 year member of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony.  She plans on pursuing trumpet performance in college next year.

Percussionist Gabrielle Hamman was selected to perform in the All-State Wind Ensemble. Miss Hamman adds this upcoming festival to an impressive list of accomplishments.  She has been a member of the Wayne All-County band every year since the 6th grade and has recently performed as the principal percussionist at Area All-State Band.  Gabby is currently studying privately at Eastman Community Music School where she is also a member of the Percussion Ensemble, "Drum Joy". At Wayne Central, Miss Hamman is a member of Concert and Jazz Band and has performed in the pit orchestra of several memorable productions including Crazy for You, Into the Woods, and Seussical as well as Neighborhood Acting Company’s Spamalot, Oklahoma, and White Christmas. Gabby hopes to pursue a degree in Music Education upon graduating this June.

“I am incredibly thrilled for Gabby,” says Elizabeth Smith, Instrumental Music Director at Wayne Central High School. “She has demonstrated an incredible work ethic, drive and is constantly in pursuit of perfection. She is incredibly reliable and is always willing to lend a helping hand in the music department. It has been a joy to see her learn and grow over the last 6 years and I couldn't be more proud of her.”

Melanie McBride was selected as a first soprano as part of the All-State Chorus. Miss McBride has celebrated an illustrious early vocal career, singing in Wayne Central’s Concert Chorus, Select Chorus, Women’s Select Choir, as well as performing in several memorable musical productions including Beauty and the Beast Jr., Into the Woods, and Crazy For You. She has been selected to perform in the Wayne All-County Chorus since 5th Grade, as well as both NYSSMA Junior High and Senior High Area All-State Choruses. Additionally, Miss McBride studies classical piano, competing in the highly-regarded Federation Gold Cup adjudications and participates in vocal competitions throughout the region. She has also participated in the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s Summer Stars of Tomorrow performance training program.

“I first noticed Melanie as Belle [in Beauty and the Beast Jr.] when she was in 7th grade,” says Kathy Perconti, Vocal Music Director at Wayne Central High School. “I was amazed by the maturity of her voice. Since coming to Wayne Central, I have tried to nurture her talent and encourage her to continue her musical studies. I am so happy that Melanie has accomplished this and only in her junior year! I can’t wait to see where she goes next.”