The Greater Johnstown School District Music Department is proud to announce the selection of Ciara Solby to the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) High School Honor Concert Band. This highly selective group will rehearse during the 35th Annual NYSBDA Symposium in Syracuse, NY, March 4-6, culminating with a concert on March 6. This is the second year in a row that Ciara has been chosen for this honor.
Ciara was selected based on her audition at the Spring NYSSMA Solo Festival held in Queensbury last May. A clarinet player since fifth grade, she flawlessly performed Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie at the All State level, the most challenging level of performance.
Over 350 students from school districts across New York State applied for the Honor Band. From these applications, 117 students were selected to participate in the Honor Band, with 22 students designated as alternates.
Ciara toured Europe this past summer with American Music Abroad, spending two weeks performing at various venues throughout France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria. Ciara studies privately with Stephanie Boice, of Boice’s Woodwind Studio in Hagaman. She also performs with the Mohawk Valley Chamber Groups and Wind Ensemble.
This past November, Ciara was selected for the NYSSMA Zone 4 Area All State Band in Little Falls. She plans on studying clarinet performance in college, in preparation for a career in music. Ciara has auditioned at Fredonia School of Music, Ithaca College School of Music, The Crane School of Music (Potsdam), and the Bard Conservatory (Annandale, NY).
Ciara is the daughter of Richard and Stacey Solby of Johnstown.