Broadalbin-Perth senior Katherine (Kate) Szumowski has been selected for the New York All-State Symphonic Band, becoming the first B-P student ever to earn that distinction.
All-State ensembles feature the most talented musicians from around New York. Roughly 7,500 students audition for All-State each year, with about 900 students selected to participate in eight different ensembles. Kate was selected for the symphonic band, which has about 100 members.
To be eligible for All-State consideration, students are required to prepare a NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) solo at the highest level (level 6AS), and they generally need to receive a score of 99+ out of 100. Szumowski who plays the french horn, received a score of 99 on her NYSSMA solo in May 2021.
“I have been teaching Kate since she was in sixth grade and she has always been a kind young lady, a diligent student and an incredibly talented musician who works hard to perfect her craft,” junior high school band teacher Laura Jacaruso said. “It has been a privilege to be a part of her musical journey and the whole community is proud to have her representing B-P on the state level.”
To prepare for All-State, Szumowski will start rehearsing music independently before she meets with the entire ensemble for the first time in Rochester on Dec. 2. The ensemble will rehearse several hours each day and perform their concert on Dec. 5. The concert will overlap with a music teacher conference, which means that several teachers from the B-P music department will be able to attend the concert, along with students’ friends and family members.
Kate is the daughter of Edward Szumowski, the current president of the B-P Board of Education, and Jennifer Szumowski, a teaching assistant at B-P Elementary School and the director of the B-P Elementary Drama Club.