Return to Headlines

Ariana DeSa e Frias' Perfect Score Leads Her to All-State

Ariana DeSa e Frias was selected to perform with the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) All State Treble Choir at the organization’s December conference, based on a rigorous evaluation process in which she scored a perfect 100. The process began when she was one of 6500 New York students who prepared a selection from an approved NYSSMA Level VI list – the highest level of difficulty – for an audition in front of a NYSSMA certified All-State adjudicator at the association’s solo festival last spring. Evaluated and ranked by the adjudicator, she was recommended for All-State consideration. Finally, her audition results as well as her musical history were reviewed by a committee, which then approved her selection.

Daniel Grillo, BHS vocal instructor and chorus director, notes, “While Area All-State features the best singers and musicians in the eight-county Greater Rochester area, All-State Conference is literally the strongest singers and musicians in the whole state of New York.” The conference, which attracts approximately 2000 music educators, 1000 All-State high school juniors and seniors, and 2000 parents, will take place on the first weekend of December, with the student performance on Saturday evening in the Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. In addition to the All-State Treble Choir, the All-State Wind Ensemble and All-State String Orchestra will perform.