GHS students to perform at J-Bird Music for the Arts benefit gala



Girls who are holding a violin and playing the piano
Junior Sydney Jessup, left, and Senior Anna Boese will represent Goshen High School and will perform as a piano/violin duo playing classical pieces at the first J-Bird Music for the Arts Gala on Oct. 3 in Manhattan.

Two  Goshen High School students are performing at the first J-Bird Music for the Arts (JBMFTA) benefit gala on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Manhattan.

JBMFTA is a non-profit organization that seeks to “nurture a community supporting the performing arts and music in education for youths throughout New York State,” according to its website.

Senior Anna Boese and Junior Sydney Jessup will perform as a piano/violin duo playing classical pieces at the gala.

Boese is an award winning New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) student who plans to study mechanical engineering in college and aspires to work for NASA. She is a member of the school’s Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Voice and Varsity Choir.

Jessup is also an award winning NYSSMA student who plans to attend a liberal arts college where she can continue her music education.

In 2015, JBMFTA donated a flute in a hard shell case and a new acoustic guitar to  Goshen High School’s  music program.

“Students like Anna and Sydney represent all that’s great about Goshen’s music program,” said student services counselor Joe Palancia, who has been a musician for 50 years.  “We are so proud of their musical accomplishments and are thrilled they are representing our school at this event. We are equally proud to have been a recent beneficiary of J-Bird’s donations.”

The event will be hosted by the organization’s Founding Executive Director Joanne J-Bird Phillips, who founded JBMFTA six years ago. JBMFTA provides resources, musical instruments and necessary equipment “so that  young people may experience the joy and excitement of learning, performing and/or appreciating the performing arts,” the website said.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held at the historic ArtSpace Building,  will help support the organization’s mission of supporting performing arts in New York State education.

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