The Elmont Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Benjamin Pesenti, participated in a NYSSMA Majors Ensemble evaluation at Hofstra University on May 20.
NYSSMA Majors is the standard for evaluating school performing ensembles throughout New York State. Student groups prepare three selections from a prescribed list of musical choices and perform this music for a panel of certified NYSSMA adjudicators. The adjudicators write and record both positive and negative comments on the performance. Based on their comments or critiques, the adjudicators produce a rating of either bronze, silver or gold.
The Elmont Vocal Jazz Ensemble received a rating of Gold with Distinction, the highest achievable rating from a NYSSMA Majors evaluation. Congratulations to the students for this outstanding achievement. This award is an example of what can be achieved when students work together tirelessly to create something special. Mr. Pesenti could not be more proud of them!