Mahopac High School junior Rachel Berger played first violin in the All-State Symphony Orchestra at the NYSSMA conference in Rochester in early December.
The All-State Symphony Orchestra is made up of New York’s top student musicians, and Berger was selected after auditioning at the Solo Festival in the spring.
“Even scoring perfectly at the audition, which Rachel did, doesn’t guarantee you a spot in one of the ensembles,” said Evan McGregor, conductor of the Mahopac High orchestra and chair of the music department. “Rachel’s selection is a testament to her quest for excellence and her success. “
Berger started playing the violin at the age of five. She said it was great to perform with such a top performing group of musicians at All-State, but also enjoyed performing in local hospitals and nursing homes, which she did for the service. community.
“I really love playing the violin because I find it extremely rewarding to see how my music can bring comfort and joy to others,” she said. “It’s incredibly heartwarming to see the faces of the old and the sick light up when I play.”
The Mahopac Central School District is known for its exceptional performing arts. The high school offers a wide range of musical ensembles, including the Philharmonic, String Sinfonietta, Chorus, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and each year produces a musical extravaganza known as “Illusion” featuring musicians and musicians. the most talented rock singers in the district.
It is also regularly cited among the best music education schools by the NAMM Foundation.