BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The New York State School Music Association has named Bronxville High School Senior Kyle Swanson to the All-State Symphonic Band.
Swanson has been a student of Joseph Piscitelli's at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale since he began recorder lessons as a kindergartener, switching to flute in third grade and adding piccolo in seventh grade. At Bronxville High School, he plays in the band, orchestra and pit orchestra for the high school musicals.
At Hoff-Barthelson, Swanson performs in the elite Festival Orchestra and in a chamber ensemble during the school year and works as a teaching assistant during the summers.
This year, Swanson is also taking an advanced music theory course there with Edmund Niemann, with whom he has studied music history and completed the Advanced Placement Music Theory course, earning the highest possible score on all components.
"(Swanson) plays both the flute and piccolo with astounding technical prowess. His preparations for performances and auditions alike are far beyond those of a typical high school student," Sharon Slote, director of the Bronxville middle and high school bands said in a statement. "It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Kyle for the last six-plus years, and I will miss him and all he has to offer musically when he attends college next year."