Liberty student-musicians chosen for county festival

The district is proud to announce the selection of three students to perform in the Zone 9 Area-All State Festival on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 at Wallkill Senior High School.

These all-county student-musicians were chosen to participate based upon their performances at last year’s New York State School Music Association solo evaluations and teacher recommendations. The students are selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants from districts across Zone 9, which encompasses Green, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster County.

The students are currently preparing for the festival with their school music teachers, and will participate in a series of rehearsals that culminate in concerts during the weekend of March 9. The pieces featured on the concerts are of a high level of difficulty, equal to those performed by college and professional ensembles.

Selected this year from Liberty were:
Senior Nefty Cubero (Trombone)
Junior Andrew Philips (Tuba)
Senior Kimberly Zuniga (Chorus)

Liberty’s chosen students are anxiously preparing.

“The music is more challenging than what we’re used to,” said Kimberly. “I’ve had to give up free time with friends to prepare, but that’s what makes me better. I’m excited to share the stage with other passionate performers.”

“It’s an honor to be chosen,” said Phillips. “I didn’t know if I was good enough. I have my family’s support and encouragement to thank for that.”

Nefty said, “I’m always nervous before any performance, but once I get on stage, I relax.”

All three students agree that with diligent practice, they will feel confident and ready.
As they reflected on the intensity of preparing for their performance, they noted ways in which their instrument of choice reflects their personality.

“I sing, but I also create upbeat and bubbly melodies with my flute,” said Kimberly. “It’s representative of my cheerful personality.”

“The bass trombone creates a powerful sound,” said Nefty. “It’s loud and proud and confident and definitely reflects my personality.”

“The tuba is a large instrument that keeps itself in check most of the time. It’s mellow and comfortable, explained Andrew. “It’s just like me: I’m feeling relaxed and ready for my performance.”

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