All Concerts Begin at 6:30 p.m.
Location for Winter & Spring Concerts - High School Auditorium
Location for Scholarship Concerts - High School Gymnasium
Concerts - See News or Calendar Tab for Specific Dates and Times
Elementary, Middle, and High School Winter Concerts - December
Choral Scholarship Concert - March
Instrumental Scholarship Concert - March
Elementary, Middle, and High School Spring Concerts - May/June
Festivals - See News or Calendar Tab for Specific Dates and Times
All-County Festivals - These usually take place in March, and all schools in Ulster County may participate. Students in grades 5-12 from both our choral and band programs are eligible to participate. There is an audition process (see teacher for additional details).
NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Majors Festival - In the Spring, bands from all over the state perform and are critiqued and rated by trained judges. Groups receive ratings of "Gold with Distinction", "Gold", "Silver", "Bronze" or "Certificate" according to the NYSSMA standards. Our 5th grade band has participated in past years (see teacher for additional details).
NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival - In April, students state-wide perform solos or in ensembles to be adjudicated by a trained judge. Solos range in difficulty from levels I-VI. Levels I-IV can receive a maximum rating of 28 points (Outstanding). Students performing Levels V-VI can receive a maximum of 100 points or choose to receive comments only. Students that perform a Level VI solo have the chance to qualify for Area All-State and All-State Festivals (see teacher for further details).
High School Musical - The Highland High School Harlequins put on a musical production each Spring (see teacher for audition details and requirements).
Additional Musical Opportunities
Grade 5 Select Band - Must be a member of the 5th grade band (see teacher for additional requirements).
Grade 5 Select Chorus - Must be a 5th-grade member of the elementary chorus (see teacher for additional requirements).
High School Jazz Band - Must be a member of the high school band (see teacher for additional requirements).
High School Chamber Choir - Must be a member of the high school concert choir (see teacher for additional requirements).
Tri-M Music Honor Society - Applications can be submitted by students in grades 9-12. Students must be in band or chorus and maintain a certain grade point average (see teacher for further details and requirements).
"I think music in itself is healing. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." -- Billy Joel