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Elementary Music News!


Amazing Band Festival

Congratulations to band students and teachers!

Here is the video link courtesy of the GHS Media


  Ithacapella Returns to Guilderland!

On January 17th the all male premier men's collegiate a capella group returns for 3 shows. Ithacappella sings everything from traditional choral arrangements to current radio hits. In addition to high-quality live performances, Ithacappella has become known for their strong efforts in the recording studio, with critically acclaimed albums that push the boundaries of vocal music.

Ithacapella will perform 2 school assemblies for elementary students during the day at Pine Bush and Lynnwood Elementary schools. These assemblies are funded through the generosity of the Guilderland Music Parents and Friends Association. Tuesday evening, January 17th at 7 p.m.  Ithacapella will perform at Guilderland HS. Tickets are $2 for students and $3 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For additional information, call District Music Director, Lori Hershenhart at 861-8591 x1106.

Guilderland Celebrates March is Music In Our Schools Month


In celebration of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®), the Guilderland School District is proud to announce a month full of events demonstrating excellence in music education.

Music performances are held all month long at the Empire State Plaza on the South Concourse. The NYSSMA All State Jazz Ensemble including Guilderland’s own Joe Giordano (trombone) performs on Monday, March 6th at 11:30 a.m. The Farnsworth MS Select Band (under the direction of Mrs. Alexis Ziomek), the FMS Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Mr. Jason Utter) and the FMS Vocal Thunder (under the direction of Mrs. Nancy Casellini); will perform on Thursday, March 16th at 11:30 a.m. The Guilderland HS Chamber Choir (under the direction of Mrs. Rae Teeter) will perform on Tuesday, March 21st at 12:25 p.m. These concerts are free and open to the public and serve to impart the importance of providing a comprehensive music education.

March 23rd is the annual Cabaret at FMS (7:30 pm), featuring the Jazz and Stage Bands from the Middle and High Schools. Students demonstrate their creativity through improvisation; the instantaneous creation of music in the moment.

March also features the student theatrical productions with Farnsworth Middle School MASK presenting “Oklahoma” from March 10-12, and the High School Guilderland Players presenting “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” from March 16-19.

Other events in March include the 3rd Grade Instrument Night (March 21st ) for parents and students to explore the instrumental program beginning in 4th Grade, and the Student Composer Night (March 22nd) where composers of any age are invited to present and perform their original compositions. Both of these events will be held at Farnsworth Middle School beginning at 7 p.m.

Music In Our Schools Month is a nationwide event saluting excellence in music education. NAfME: The National Association for Music Education sponsors this annual event, which focuses national attention on the importance of music in our schools.

Participation in music classes provides lifelong benefits. Through singing, playing instruments, and composing, students learn to express themselves creatively. Studying music provides a deeper understanding of historical and cultural heritages. We invite you to witness excellence at every developmental stage of music education. Learn what’s happening in the music programs in your school and community!



Guilderland Music Students Perform at Barnes & Noble Bookfair in Colonie Center - Friday, Dec. 16th

On Friday, December 16, instrumental and vocal ensembles will be performing at the Barnes and Noble bookfair. Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of all sales of books, media, and café items from throughout the day to the Guilderland Music Parents& Friends Association. GMPFA is a 501(c)(3) and uses all funds raised to support music students across the district. Customers simply need to identify themselves as a supporter of Guilderland Music Parents at the register. Student musical ensemble from Farnsworth Middle School and Guilderland High School will be performing throughout the afternoon and evening.

Come listen to some wonderful musicians and support the Guilderland music program!

If you were unable to attend the event, but would still like to support GMPFA through your Barnes and Noble purchases, you can do so on-line from Friday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Both in-store and online purchases are eligible for the donation. Visit BN.COM/bookfairs and use Bookfair ID 11972999 Download on-line purchasing instructions

Download a printable voucher to identify yourself as a supporter of Guilderland Music

download a cheesecake order form     



Faculty & Friends Recital - Great Concert & Funds for Charity

The Guilderland Faculty & Friends Recital on 11/3 was an AWESOME concert that benefited the Guilderland Food Pantry. Many pounds of food were donated and $200 was given to support families in need.

You can watch the concert on the FMS YouTube channel at


Six Guilderland Musicians Selected for Conference All-State

     Each year, thousands of student musicians in New York State compete for an opportunity to be selected for All_State_2016the prestigious NYSSMA Conference All State Music Ensembles. Admission to these highly selective groups is based upon the score received the previous spring during the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival. Each student performed before a certified adjudicator who carefully evaluated every aspect of their performance.

The Guilderland High School music department is proud to announce that six students were recognized for their exemplary performances including: Ryan Dempsey, son of John and Debra Dempsey of Slingerlands, Joe Giordano, son of Mary and Mark Giordano of Albany, Avery Heaney, son of John and Susan Heaney of Albany, Julianne Kim, daughter of Eugene and Sarah Kim of Slingerlands, Treasa Powathil, daughter of Kuruvilla and Bindu Powathil of Slingerlands, and Abigail Ryan, daughter of Gordon and Susan Ryan of Albany.

These talented students will spend four days rehearsing in Rochester with gifted students from across the state with the event culminating in a concert at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Abigail, Avery and Ryan will be singing in the All-State Chorus under the direction of Tucker Biddlecombe (Vanderbilt). Julianne will play violin in the String Orchestra under the direction of William White (Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland) and Treasa (oboe) will perform in the All-State Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Scott Hanna (University of Texas at Austin) and Joe (trombone/voice) can choose to perform with the Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Sherrie Maricle (DIVA Jazz NYU) or with Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Jeremy Fox (Miami Dade).

Congratulations to all the musicians, their teachers and parents on this outstanding accomplishment.


POPS Blasts Off!” – February 6, 2016 - 7:30 pm - HS West Gym - Join Us!

This year the Guilderland High School Music Department celebrates with “Pops Blasts Off”. This annual concert will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 and features performances by all of the high school music ensembles – over 350 talented students – in the Choirs, Bands, Orchestras and Jazz Band.

This event is the major fund raiser for the music booster organization, the Guilderland Music Parents and Friends Association. The GMPFA, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), uses all funds raised from the Pops Concert to provide scholarships, enrichment activities, assembly programs, guest clinicians, and other resources for students of every age throughout the Guilderland school district. If you would like to place an ad in the program or donate an item for the raffle please click here.

Come enjoy the music of “Pops Blasts Off” on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 pre-sale and $7 at the door with table seats available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are available for purchase in the school store at the high school, or contact Guilderland Music Supervisor Lori Hershenhart at 861-8591 ext. 1106 for tickets or additional information.

Ticket Order Form     Sponsorship form     Parent Informational letter


Faculty & Friends Charity Recital – Thursday, October 29 – 7 pm - FMS

Audio Clips

Students are encouraged to click on the music titles below to practice for upcoming concerts and events.

All songs are in MP3 format, and require either Windows Media Player, QuickTime or RealPlayer to be played. Please be sure that your speakers have the volume on.

If you are using a dial-up connection please be aware these files may take some time to load.

Please be aware these songs are property of Guilderland Central Schools, and should not be downloaded nor distributed.

Practice materials


Mrs. Russo  
O Come Little Children- full mix
O Come Little Children- accomp
Mr. Frosty Winter - full
Mr. Frosty Winter - accomp  
Here Comes the Snow - full Salamander Scamper
Here Comes the Snow - accomp Salamander Step Dance
This Holiday - full  
This Holiday - accomp The Clock and the Moon
Mrs. Ackner's Tunes Crazy Cat
A Whole New World Into the Future
Friend Like Me Land's End
Mrs. Dineen  
American Heart  
Bells of Liberty  
We Share America