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Latest OCMEA News

2021 OCMEA Scholarship Winners Announced!

The Oneida County Music Educators Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 OCMEA Scholarship program, awarded to area seniors who are continuing in a music career. This year, the scholarship auditions were hosted in a virtual format. The winners are:

Rosee Head, violin - New Hartford Central School District
Evelyn Simanowski, voice - Adirondack Central School District
Haleigh Vescio, voice - New Hartford Central School District

Congratulations to all of the winners for such outstanding performances! We wish you nothing but success in the future, and are proud to have you represent Oneida County in your musical endeavors.

Four Oneida County School Districts earn Best Communities for Music Education Recognition

OCMEA is proud to have four school districts earn the distinction of a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. The 2021 winners are:

Clinton Central School District
Holland Patent Central School District
New Hartford Central School District
Rome City School District

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Thirteen Oneida County Musicians featured in 2020-2021 Conference All-State Performances

Congratulations to the thirteen Oneida County student musicians who were selected to participate it the 2020-2021 Virtual All-State music ensembles! This concert brings together the top-scoring student performers across New York State to work together with world-class conductors and clinicians. The students were selected as the most talented soloists from the 2019 NYSSMA Solo Festival, and Oneida County is proud to have so many represented at this conference.

The following students have been selected for the All-State Ensembles:

Rebecah Bashant - Alto 1, Mixed Chorus; Clinton High School

Madison Butler - Soprano 2, Alternate; Whitesboro High School

Isabella Cirasuolo - Alto 1, Treble Choir; Whitesboro High School

Chandni Desai - Alto 2, Mixed Chorus; Rome Free Academy

Rosee Head - Violin 1, String Orchestra; New Hartford High School

Emma Hullar - Alto 1, Mixed Chorus; New Hartford High School

Natalie Little - Soprano 2, Mixed Chorus; Whitesboro High School

Kayleen Martelli - Flute, Symphonic Band; Rome Free Academy

Abigail Morgan - Soprano 1, Treble Choir; Rome Free Academy

Evelyn Simanowski - Soprano 2, Mixed Chorus; Adirondack High School

Lauren Taylor - Soprano 1, Mixed Chorus; Rome Free Academy

Elizabeth Wratten - Alto 1, Treble Choir; Clinton High School

Leon Zong - Alto Saxophone, Wind Ensemble; New Hartford High School

We are extremely proud of these students and their accomplishments. An article highlighting each student in more detail can be found here. They were excellent representatives of the music programs in Oneida County. Thank you to teachers, families, and friends for your support of music in the lives of these students!

To view the performances of the Virtual All-State ensembles, click here.