Stillwater Music Department: First marking period highlights
Dec. 6, 2016 – The Stillwater Central School District
music department is always up to something! The talented students
involved in this program have had great success over the past six
months. Here are some of the highlights:
- In June 2016, then junior Samantha Dunn entered a contest
sponsored by the Saratoga Warren County Music Educators
Association (SWCMEA) to create a new logo for the county music
association. 15 different logos were submitted by students from
various school districts and Sam’s design won. The new logo will
be featured on all county correspondence including concert
programs, t-shirts, and an updated website.
- In August, junior Amanda Bink was accepted into The New York
State All-State Music Conference, which takes place every December
in Rochester. Amanda was chosen from over 1,000 sopranos across
- In September, 21 band students in grades 7-12 played at the
September 11 memorial at the Stillwater Blockhouse. They performed
the National Anthem, and led the community members in attendance
in a rendition of God Bless America. 11th grade trumpet players
Kaleb Brown and Carson Gambaro performed a very solemn and
heartfelt Echo Taps. The following students provided the ceremony
Flutes: Hannah Ghaly, Morgan Holland, Kaylee
Johnson, Ryleigh McDonagh, and Jenna Urbanski
Clarinets: Elizabeth Batchelder, Deanna Gulneck,
Alexandra Pennisi, and Randy Pierre
Trumpets: Nick Baines, Kaleb Brown, Tim Buchal,
Carson Gambaro, and Anthony Spanswick
Trombones: Logan Gast, Thomas Snay, Tai Surakan,
and Zachery VanArnum
Euphonium: Philip Moraci
Percussion: Sam Moraci, Anthony Spanswick, and
- On September 24, several band students performed the National
Anthem at the 7th Annual Warrior Walk.
Flutes: Caroline Farnan, Morgan Holland, Kaylee
Clarinets: Nicole Keller, Randy Pierre
Trumpet: Tim Buchal
Trombone: Zachery Van Arnum
- On September 26th, the Stillwater school community came
together to honor the memory of Walter Craft, who passed away over
the summer. The High School Chamber Singers led by Mrs. Kara
Pitkin sang a heartfelt rendition of ‘An Irish Blessing’ and by
closed the ceremony with ‘Alleluia’. The following students
Abi Bartlett, Elizabeth Batchelder, Amanda Bink, Emma Bisaillon,
Tommy Coffinger, Morgan Holland, Carissa Johndrow, Rachel Morin,
Alana O’Connor, and Zachery VanArnum.
- On October 26, several high school music students went to a
performance by the Warsaw Philharmonic, with guest performer,
pianist Seong Jin-Cho. Students will also be going to a
performance of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in
- On October 29, several choral students traveled to South Glens
Falls High School to perform in the 3rd annual Acapella Fest.
Prior to the festival, 17 Stillwater students rehearsed in several
workshops designed to help improve their vocal skills. The middle
and high school students who performed were:
Elizabeth Batchelder, Amanda Bink, Emma Bisaillon, Genevieve
Coonradt, Morgan Holland, Carissa Johndrow, Tayler Lescault, Katie
Markowski, Faith Miller, Rachel Morin, Alana O’Connor, Alexandra
Pennisi, Madison Rich, Mikayla Roy, and Zachery VanArnum.
- In November, several band members in grades 6-12 participated
in a Veterans Day performance at the American Legion, Post 490.
The following students performed:
Flutes: Caroline Farnan, Morgan Holland, Rachel
Lyman, Amanda Lambiase, and Jenna Urbanski
Clarinets: Elizabeth Batchelder, Deanna Gulneck,
and Randy Pierre
Trumpets: Nick Baines, Kaleb Brown, Carson
Gambaro, and Brendan Wichelns
Trombones: Thomas Snay, Zachery VanArnum.
Euphonium/Baritone: Tim Buchal, Philip Moraci, and Kenneth Orton
Percussion: Emma Bisaillon, Julia Bouleris, and
- Juniors Amanda Bink and Kaleb Brown attended the Zone 7 Area
All-State Music Festival on November 18 and 19 at Saratoga Springs
High School. They were accepted to perform based upon their NYSSMA
scores from the previous school year.
- The following senior band students were accepted into the
Northeast Instrumental Music Festival, which took place November
17-20 in Lake Placid, NY:
Clarinets: Elizabeth Batchelder, Lauren Conroy,
and Alexandra Pennisi
Percussionist: Travis Womble
They were accepted based upon a combination of NYSSMA scores and
- 9th grade percussionist Travis Womble was accepted into the
ESYO Repertory Falcons Percussion Ensemble and has already
performed in concert with the group. He will perform again on
December 22 at The College of Saint Rose.
- 8th grade flutist Caroline Farnan was accepted into the
Woodwind Chamber Ensemble program. She will perform in a recital
on Sunday, December 11 at the Brown School in Schenectady.
- On Thursday, December 8: Sr. Band, Sr.
Chorus, and Chamber Singers
- On Wednesday, December 14: 4th and 5th grade
chorus and 5th Grade Band
- On Tuesday, December 20: 6th Grade Chorus and
Band and the 7-8 Chorus and Band
All concerts are free to the public, and will be held at 7 p.m. in
the MS/HS auditorium.