All-State Musician Named at Hicksville HS

All-State Musician Named at Hicksville HS
Posted on 09/24/2019

Congratulations to Hicksville High School senior Faaris Ali, who has been named an All-State musician for piano by the New York State School Music Association. Faaris will serve as an alternate for the highly selective jazz ensemble, which will perform at the NYSSMA Annual Winter Conference, scheduled to take place in Rochester, New York, Dec. 5-8.

According to Hicksville music teacher and jazz band director Jonathan Shmuel, the All-State Jazz Ensemble is comprised of less than 20 of the best jazz musicians from across the state. Only one or two pianists are selected to perform, which truly makes it an honor to be considered. In addition to playing piano for the Hicksville High School Jazz Band, Farris is also a violinist for the school orchestra.

Thousands of students auditioned for All-State honors last spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout New York State. Approximately 900 students were chosen to participate or serve as alternates for ensembles based on their proficiency scores achieved at these festivals and teacher recommendations.           

NYSSMA is one of the largest and most successful music organizations in the country. The annual Winter Conference attracts almost 4,000 participants and offers numerous workshops and showcases. 

Farris is the first Hicksville High School musician named to the NYSSMA Jazz Ensemble in nearly 20 years. You can hear him perform at the Middle/High School Jazz Showcase on February 4, 2020 at Hicksville Middle School.

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Faaris is congratulated here by Mr. Shmuel (left) and Hicksville Public Schools Supervisor for Fine Arts Philip Grusenmeyer.