Four All-National Musicians

Four Syosset High School students have been selected to perform at the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles Conference in Grapevine, Texas, Nov. 10-13. Three students will perform with the All-National Symphony Orchestra, while one will sing with the All-National Mixed Choir.
Dylan Eliassof (chorus, bass 2), Vivian Lin (orchestra, cello), Ben Rhee (orchestra, violin) and Cameron Zandieh (orchestra, violin) will represent the Syosset community through their respective ensembles. Dr. William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies at the University of Iowa, will conduct the All-National Orchestra, while Dr. Anton Armstrong, Tosdal professor of music at St. Olaf College, will lead the choir.
“This is the highest recognition that a student-musician can receive for participating in a school music program,” said Michael Salzman, Syosset’s coordinator of fine and performing arts, K-12. “Having four students from one high school invited to perform on this national stage is an incredible honor. Congratulations to the students, all of the music teachers they have had through the years, the parents who support their children’s pursuit of music education, and our Board of Education, administration and community for their ongoing commitment to the arts.”
From left, Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante congratulates orchestra director Stephanie Merten, Cameron, Ben, Dylan, Vivian and choral director Kristin Howell, along with Mr. Salzman and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers.