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NYSSMA Piano Showcase

Hwi-On LeeNorth High School junior Hwi-On Lee has been selected to perform in the New York State School Music Educators Association (NYSSMA) Piano Showcase, part of the 2021 All-State Winter Conference.

There were 95 applicants for this year’s showcase and only 12 musicians were chosen for this prestigious honor. Hwi-On will perform Prokofiev Sonata Op. 28 No. 3 in A minor.

Hwi-On is a talented musician who plays multiple instruments across several performing groups at North High, including Chamber Music, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and the Musical Pit Orchestra. In addition to her selection for the Piano Showcase, she has also been named as an Alternate violinist for the 2021 All-State Music Ensembles.

“Hwi-On has brought the level of musicianship in our music program to the highest standard possible,” says Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher at North High. “She plays the violin like a concertmaster in a professional orchestra. She plays the piano like no other student I have heard. And she really dazzles us when we hear her play the rock drum set.”

The NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference features various performances by the state’s finest student musicians as individuals and in ensembles. This year’s conference will take place in Rochester on Dec. 2–5, 2021.