Little Falls – The Herkimer County Music Educators Association has scheduled the All-County Music Festival for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, at Little Falls High School, with a culminating concert at 3 pm Saturday.
The performing groups for the festival include the elementary chorus, under the direction of Jordan Winderl and accompanied by John Krause, the junior high concert band, under the diretion of Shane Bonney, and the senior high chorus, under the direction of Robert Dumas and accompanied by Greg Unangst.
The festival will include more than 300 participating students representing the Central Valley, Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Herkimer, Little Falls, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Poland, Richfield Springs and West Canada Valley School Districts.
Little Falls was next in the rotation, as the event moves from school to school based on the ones that have the space to accompany it. Each school provides approximately the same number of students in the music and chorus programs to participate.
The students chosen are typically the best ones in each class, based on talent and teacher selection, although no formal tryouts are held for this event.
According to Emily Rozonkiewiecz, who teaches 4th and 5th grade music and chorus at Benton Hall Academy “They’ve all gotten the music ahead of time, so they’ve probably had it for a month now and the teachers in the home schools have worked on it with the kids.”
There is about a four hour rehearsal on Friday and then a two hour one Saturday morning. The practices are “more about fine tuning and getting used to practicing and playing with different people. It’s pretty amazing how quickly they can produce this music and be prepared for the concert without having really known each other,” said Rozonkiewiecz.
Tickets for the concert will be available at the door at a cost of $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and senior citizens.