It was music to our ears to hear that Locust Valley musicians are receiving honors at the state and national levels for their exceptional skills.

All-National Honor Ensemble Honorees

Cameron Carrella, Kimberly Sabio and Andrew Wee have been accepted into the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles, which represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. These students will perform with the ensembles at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 26-29, 2014.

Cameron, Kimberly and Andrew were first selected into the 2013-2014 All-State Festival and endorsed by the ensemble director in order to be considered for the All-National ensembles. They are all active members of the high school music department.

Cameron has played in the Gemini Youth Orchestra and Adelphi Preparatory Band, as well as performed with the All-County Jazz Band and All-State Jazz Ensemble. He is currently in a private jazz band and plans to study jazz theory and performance in college.

Kimberly attends the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she studies with David Krauss of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and serves as principal trumpet in both the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Long Island Youth Orchestra. She was also selected as principal trumpet for the 2013 All-State Orchestra. Kimberly attended the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies in the summer of 2013, and has attended the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University for the past five years.

Andrew began violin lessons at the age of 4, won second prize in the 10th YWCA New York Music Competition, and performed at Carnegie Weill Hall at the age of 9. He entered the Juilliard Pre-College Division when he was only 12. He won first place in the TOBAC Talent Competition, third place in the 7th Annual LISMA International Competition, and has performed at Flushing Town Hall in the Rising Star Concert. Additionally, he was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in the Young Musicians’ Benefit Concert for Young Artists. He was chosen to perform at Alice Tully Hall for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Festival.

All-State Festival Honorees

Three students have been accepted to the All-State Festival. Joseph Tancredi, Patrick Wilhelm (alternate) and Sarah Miller (alternate) will attend the NYSSMA 2014 Winter Conference in Rochester, Dec. 4-7, 2014.

Joseph has attended the Westminster Choir College Summer Arts program and is participating with the Metropolitan Youth Chorus this year. He has been a participant in the All-County Festival and received a perfect NYSSMA score of Level 6 A+ on his audition at the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival held last spring.

Patrick was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division, has attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and performed in the Citywide Youth Opera. He will be participating in this year’s All-County Festival and also received a perfect NYSSMA score of Level 6 A+ at the auditions last spring.

Sarah is a Level 6 cellist and began cello lessons at the age of 4. She attends the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division and was assistant principal cellist at the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies. Sarah is a member of the All-County Orchestra and Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, and has participated in the LISFA Chamber Music Festival. She was accepted to perform at Alice Tully Hall for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Festival and placed second in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra solo competition. Sarah is one of 70 students from around the world to receive a scholarship to the Heifetz International Music Festival.