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BHS Junior Chosen to Represent District at NYSSMA's All-State Conference


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Congratulations to Sophia Klin who was selected to represent Binghamton High School at New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) All-State Conference. The conference will take place in Rochester, N.Y. from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. The All-State experience began when Klin spent countless hours preparing her NYSSMA Level VI solo. Last spring, over 6,500 sophomores and juniors from across the state of New York prepared for All-State evaluations in the hope of being selected. The All-State selection process begins with the solo being evaluated by a NYSSMA Certified All-State adjudicator. At the conclusion of the festival, which took place on April 7, the All-State adjudicators create a rank ordered proficiency list of all students being recommended. Klin earned an adjudication score of 100 for performance of Beethoven’s Romance in F Major, Op. 50. She was selected to perform with the All State Conference Symphony Orchestra as a first violin.


Klin, a junior, began playing the violin in 2006 after hearing a friend play at a preschool show-and-tell. In fourth grade, she discovered the school music community and found a new love for music, joining the Binghamton Youth Symphony and learning to play the tuba. She has been with the Youth Symphony for more than 7 years. She is a member the Binghamton High School Orchestra and the school's string quartet. Recently, Klin was awarded runner-up in the concerto competition for the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in 2016. In January of 2017, Klin had the honor of performing with the Binghamton Youth Symphony as one of their annual concerto winners. Klin also regularly plays violin in theater productions, both in school and in the community. Outside of classical violin, she plays the tuba and the steel drums, sings in chorus, and is a klezmer music enthusiast.