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HV Junior Earns Perfections at NYSSMA Piano Festival

May 21, 2018 - Braden Jarosz, a junior at Hoosic Valley, participated in Zone 10's NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival on May 12th at Chatham High School. He entered the festival on two Level VI piano solos. Level VI is the hardest level for New York State-Sponsored music festivals. To add difficulty to the adjudication, Jarosz opted to memorize the solos- he was judged on his Rhythm, Technique, Precision, Interpretation, and Musicianship. In the Solo portion of the festival, students must also be able to play all 12 major scales (of which they are asked to do 3) and sight read at the level they are performing. Level V and Level VI solos (on all instruments and voice) are rated out of 100 points, while Levels I - IV are rated out of 28 points. Jarosz performed movement 1 of Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata for piano, and Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu. He was unable to perform at the NYSSMA piano festival in the school's Zone 7 (usually held at the College of St. Rose in March) because he was performing in ACDA's All-Eastern Honor Choir in Pittsburgh, PA, which he attended with Mrs. Koonz. He plans to major in music in college, joining recent alum in the same field: Hunter Galvin '17, Kayla Carknard '16, and Maddie Coons '15. Jarosz will join nearly 50 students from Hoosic Valley in 5th-12th grade at a Zone 7 Solo & Ensemble Festival at Shaker High School June 2-3, 2018.

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