JAMESTOWN – Jamestown High School freshman, Brighton Lumia, was selected to participate in the NYSSMA Junior High Area All-State this past weekend on the campus of Niagara County Community College.
Brighton currently plays the viola in the auditioned chamber group, however, he performed at the All-State Festival in the 2nd violin section.
This prestigious music festival for public school 7th to 9th grade music students in Western New York typically occurs in the fall but was delayed until spring this year due to COVID concerns.
Brighton’s All-State conductor was the esteemed Jonathan Handman from Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, NY.
“I am so very proud of Brighton for both participating in the solo festival last spring under the unusual circumstances of having to send in a pre-recorded video rather than perform a live audition for a judge and for participating in the area All-State Festival knowing he would be the only student from Jamestown attending,” said JHS Orchestra Director Katie Derrenbacher. “It takes a lot of confidence and determination to fly solo, but Brighton has just that and more. He truly represented the best Jamestown has to offer at the festival!”
Students are selected based on their NYSSMA solo festival scores from the previous year.
Ensemble directors submit the names of their most advanced students depending on the score they received in hopes of being selected to participate.
The last time the festival took place was in November of 2019, so it was truly a special occasion to have it back and in person.