Wed, Jun 20, 2018 — 11:17 am
Alumni in the News
Allentoff Conducts and Performs at the NYSSMA/NYASTA Conference
Jonathan Allentoff '14 was honored to be invited to serve as a conducting clinician at the 2017 New York State School Music Association/New York American String Teachers Association Summer Conference held at the Hilton Albany. On Monday, August 14, he directed the Conference Orchestra in works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Carlos Gardel, Renata Bratt, Susan Day, and Chris Thomas at the JW Pepper Reading Session. This professional orchestra was comprised of music directors, string educators, and college and university professors from across New York State. His fellow conducting clinicians included Dr. James Mick, associate professor of music education at the Ithaca College School of Music and music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and distinguished string educators Marlene Hawkins and Edie Shillitoe.
In addition to conducting, Allentoff was honored to perform as principal viola in the Directors' Orchestra Concert under the direction of internationally-acclaimed composer Soon Hee Newbold. This well-attended gala concert was held that evening in the Governor's Ballroom. Besides conducting and performing, he also participated in discussion forums regarding the future direction of higher education and the latest techniques for providing quality musical instruction to performers of all ages.
This conference marked the fifth year that Allentoff performed in the Directors' Orchestra, led the viola section in workshops and performances, and participated in the exciting discussion forums. He was delighted to be part of a conference that focused on innovation, creativity, inclusion, diversity, and musical and artistic excellence, and Allentoff is looking forward to sharing his new insights with the students, alumni, faculty, and community members of the Brockport Symphony Orchestra.
Allentoff is excited to return to Albany with the entire Brockport Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 7, when the orchestra will be performing their "Erie Canal Bicentennial" Concert at 3 pm at the Empire State Plaza's Clark Auditorium. This command performance at the New York State Museum, along with the Rochester performance on Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Museum & Science Center's Eisenhart Auditorium, are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.