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SV's Kaiyu Tio sparkles at NYSSMA conference
The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference and All-State Music Festival took place from November 29 to December 2 in Rochester, NY. The event featured the most elite student ensembles in the state, with students having been selected based on their NYSSMA solo scores from the previous spring. Students must perform flawlessly on their NYSSMA solo to be considered for this event, and Susquehanna Valley High School senior Kaiyu Tio did just that. 

Kaiyu offered an outstanding performance in the All-State Symphonic Band at the conference. Kaiyu was one of only 160 students from New York State chosen to perform in the Symphonic Band, which was conducted by Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner of the University of Georgia. This elite ensemble only began rehearsing together Thursday evening, yet played a superb concert in Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music Sunday, December 2. 

The concert began with a performance of "SHOUTOUT" by Roshanne Etezady, NYSSMA's composer in residence. Students had the opportunity to meet and work with the composer during the weekend, and she was there to witness the amazing performance of her composition. The second work, "Of Our New Day Begun", was written by Omar Thomas to honor the nine souls who lost their lives in a senseless act of violence on the evening of June 17, 2015, while worshiping at the historic Emanuel African American Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. The audience was left breathless from the Symphonic Band's passionate performance of the piece, mining levels of sorrow, emotion - and hope - through their playing, stomping, clapping, and singing. The concert closed with a performance of a modern work entitled "Give Us This Day" by David Maslanka, inspired by the writings of a monk, which tie the future of our planet to people becoming deeply connected to who they are.

Kaiyu Tio is the son of Herman and Mina Tio. Kaiyu is also a student in the New Visions program, and plans to pursue a career in medicine after graduating in June 2019.
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