Gowanda High senior Patrick Strawder participated in the 2019 Conference All-State Mixed Chorus at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester held Dec. 5-9. He joined top musicians from across New York State for this elite honors choir. It is a huge honor and accomplishment to be selected.
For high school musicians, the opportunity to go to Conference All-State is the highest honor music educators can grant in New York. The NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival culminated in a magnificent concert under the direction of Dr. Jerry Blackstone, University of Michigan at the Eastman School of Music.
Students from all over the state audition for All-State at the end of the previous academic year, and must score a 100 on their prepared NYSSMA All-State Level VI (most difficult) solo and spontaneous sight-reading excerpt as well as their music teacher’s endorsement/recommendation to be considered for acceptance.