Newark High School junior Rachel George, who earned a near perfect score of 99 for her French horn solo at the New York State School Music Association solo festival, will participate in the All-State Conference on Dec. 5-8 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
George, who has played the French horn since she was in fourth grade, performed a Level 6 all-state solo, Concerto for French Horn, Orchestra 1, Opus 2 by Richard Strauss, at the NYSSMA solo festival at Canandaigua Academy this past May.
George was one of 6,500 sophomore and junior instrumental and vocal musicians from across the state that participated in all-state solo evaluations in hopes of being one of 900 vocal and instrumental musicians selected to participate in the NYSSMA Conference All-State performance groups.
“I’m very excited and I’m thankful that Newark supports performing arts,’’ said George, who will perform with the Symphonic Band.
“Rachel is an exceptional young musician with an unparalleled work ethic,’’ NHS instrumental music teacher Robert Humphrey said. “She deserves every accolade she receives. The All-State Conference selection process is very competitive and highly selective. This is a huge honor for Rachel, the music department and the Newark community.”
George, who also plays piano, participates in the NHS Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Brass Quintet, directed by Humphrey, and NHS Chamber Choir, directed by vocal music teacher Kate Flock.