Student-musicians from the high school had an extraordinary experience participating in the Long Island String Festival Association Chamber Festival on Jan. 9.
The selected students included senior Marconi D'Auria-Gupta and junior Rebecca Lewis, both on the viola, as well as senior Carmine D'Auria-Gupta and sophomore Abigail Flicker playing the violin and senior Francesco D'Auria-Gupta and sophomore Leonardo D'Auria-Gupta playing the cello.
The students were selected into the festival based on audition tapes submitted in December. They were coached for the festival by members of the Bryant Park Chamber Players and then performed their festival piece --Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Sextet in A Major I. Allegro Vivace” -- later that afternoon. The members of the chamber players are graduates of Juilliard Conservatory, as well as professors and professional musicians that provided the Locust Valley musicians with invaluable mentorship.
High school music teacher Annmarie Buonaspina helped prepare them for this festival and said she was impressed with how much they grew as musicians from this experience. “I was very proud of their mastery of the musical selection as it is rarely performed because of the instrumentation and difficulty of the piece,” she said. “This festival really pushed the students to a new level of playing and ensemble. “