Farmingdale High School Senior Selected For All-National Symphony Orchestra


Senior and French Horn player Matthew Bhasin was selected to perform with the All-National Symphony Orchestra. Bhasin is a member of the Farmingdale High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Gina Pellettiere. In addition to earning a chair in the All-National Symphony Orchestra, he was also a member of the prestigious All-State Symphonic Band in Rochester.

From left: Band director Gina Pellettiere, Matthew Bhasin and Farmingdale Director of Fine and Performing Arts Greg Warnokowski.
(Picture courtesy of the Farmingdale School District)

Through a rigorous and lengthy audition process, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) annually selects talented high school students from throughout the country for its All-National Honor Ensembles. Bhasin joined the “best of the best” for a virtual event held January 22–24. This All-National Honor Ensembles virtual event included several rehearsals and workshops. Each ensemble created a final, recorded performance that will premier online during the 37th NAfME Music In Our Schools Month in March 2022.

Bhasin has been a member of the highly competitive Farmingdale High School Wind Ensemble since freshman year. He is a perennial member of the Nassau All-County ensembles, a leader in the marching band, and a role model to his peers. Bhasin plans to major in music education.

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, visit the district’s website and like the Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

—Submitted by the Farmingdale School District

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