Sag Harbor students participate in All-County SCMEA Festival

With help from the entire Sag Harbor School’s music staff, a select few students were prepped to represent Sag Harbor School in the Division I, II and III Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Festival. Division I is grades 5 and 6, Division II grades 7 and 8, Division III grades 9 and 10.

SCMEA was founded in 1955 to help sponsor and organize numerous All-County Music Festivals each year for schools across Suffolk County. The program opens doors for students passionate in music to build a community as well as individual growth.

Students must meet certain criteria to be eligible to participate in the concert. Students are chosen based on their skills, teacher recommendations, and previous NYSSMA scores. As the program comes with a high level of responsibility and dedication, the students realize that while being selected is a great accomplishment, it is just the beginning of this musical journey.

There were seven Sag Harbor students selected this year. The students learned and prepared the music with their teachers, on their own, and attended three rehearsals to prepare for the upcoming festival. With such little time to prepare, the students were expected to attend each rehearsal and work as a group to finalize the music needed for a successful performance.

“After two years without a festival, our students were thrilled to participate in All- County SCMEA,” said Deanna Locascio, music coordinator and music teacher for Sag Harbor Elementary School. “It is a great honor and experience to be a part of this festival and we are very proud of them.”

The SCMEA East Division I Festival rehearsals were held at Center Moriches High School while Division II rehearsals were at Rocky Point High School and Division III rehearsals were at Connetquot High School. All concerts were held at Ward Melville High School on March 13.