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LD musicians, choir receive multiple honors across state

Posted 4/13/17

A number of Lower Dauphin musicians and choir members recently received major honors.

Lower Dauphin High School juniors Katelyn Truesdell, trumpet, and Ryan Pumo, string bass, performed at the …

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LD musicians, choir receive multiple honors across state

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A number of Lower Dauphin musicians and choir members recently received major honors.

Lower Dauphin High School juniors Katelyn Truesdell, trumpet, and Ryan Pumo, string bass, performed at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region V Orchestra Festival on March 25 at East Stroudsburg Area High School.

Truesdell successfully auditioned and earned a spot in the All-State Wind Ensemble which will perform as part of the all-state music festival to be held in Erie on April 19-22. The guest conductor will be Col. John R. Bourgeois USMC (ret.), director emeritus, U.S. Marine Band.

Pumo, along with Sam Rothermel, viola, and Ella Hickey, violin, performed in March at Hershey High School. Rothermel successfully auditioned and earned a first chair spot in the All-State Orchestra festival to be held in Erie on April 19-22. The guest conductor will be Dr. Stephen Gage from Youngstown State University, Ohio. The orchestra will perform Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” Wagner’s “Tristan & Isolde,” and Emmanuel Chabrier’s “Espana Rhapsody.”

Also recently, two Lower Dauphin High School musicians were named to jazz honor ensembles.

Freshman Ian Bruce, trombone, successfully auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 jazz band. He performed with the band March 18 at Dover Area High School.

Senior Nicholas Scipione, electric bass, was named to the All-State Jazz Band, which will perform as part of the all-state music festival to be held in Erie on April 19-22.

He is the only electric bass player in the band.

The guest conductor will be Bob Lark, professor of jazz studies at DePaul University.

Rothermel and the Women’s Select Choir will represent Lower Dauphin High School at the 2017 National Association for Music Education’s All-Eastern festival April 5 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Rothermel will perform in the 150-member All-Eastern Honors Orchestra. He was chosen through his audition at the PMEA All-State Honors Orchestra last spring.

Rothermel is one of the most decorated musicians in Lower Dauphin history, earning three all-state nominations and performing as in the All-National Honors Orchestra as a junior. He is a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist. He is president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

The Women’s Select Choir, under the direction of Elizabeth Colpo, was chosen through audition for a special command performance at the All-Eastern festival.

Members of the choir include Olivia Dreon, Madison Fake, Sierra Fields, Olivia Meyers, and Alexandra Sierer (soprano 1); Grace Dresher, Natasha Ebersole, Tiffany Golobek, Hannah Johnson, Madison Miduri, Sydney Natishin, Ashley Nguyen, Mackenzie Pell, and Katie Steigerwald (soprano 2); Lauren Bankes, April Deavers, Emalee Douglass, Cassidy Howarth, Yannelis Leon-Fuentes, Katie McDonough, Beth Rose Schindler, Ashley Sentgeorge, and Emily Suhr (alto 1); and Megan Barr, Evelyn Bittle, Kolbi Groff, Chiara Meyers, Mackenzie Miller, Kailah Miranda, Mauricette Musser, and Olivia Wagner (alto 2).