Quinn is the first HFCS student to make All State in over two decades
Hoosick Falls Central School (HFCS) senior Quinn Kinney has received the highest honor available for school musicians: selection into the prestigious All State program. In just a couple of months, Quinn will be traveling out to Rochester to play Timpani with the All State Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of University of Illinois professor Donald Schleicher.
Selection into the All State program is notoriously difficult: students must perform the highest level (level 6) NYSSMA Solo during the prior school year, and typically need a perfect 100 score to be considered. In Quinn’s case, he not only had a perfect score on his timpani solo his Junior year, he also had a perfect score on his sophomore year solo. He additionally had two near-perfect snare drum solos (a 99 and a 98), and has performed Level 4 and 5 Marimba solos.
Band Director Rob Allen is extremely proud, but not surprised, of Quinn’s accomplishment: “When I saw Quinn as a 6th grader, I knew then and there he was a strong candidate to make Conference All State. He had the perfect mixture: natural talent, an incredible work ethic, and such a level of enthusiasm for performing. Quinn is also one of the nicest people you will ever work with. He has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.”
Quinn is the first Hoosick Falls Central School student in 21 years to make it to Conference All State and the first in 25 years since an instrumental student made one of the ensembles. The previous two students who made it for HFCS, siblings Kristin Flower on bassoon (’95 graduate) and Josh Flower on voice (’99 graduate), participated in All State before Quinn was born.
Quinn is an exceptional musician, having played percussion in every school ensemble, been a regular in All-County groups, was a member of last year’s Area All State, and was selected as an alternate for Conference All State last year. Outside of school, he plays in the Hoosick Falls Community Band, the Empire State Youth Percussion Ensemble, studies percussion privately and teaches percussion to middle school and high school students. Quinn is looking to pursue music in college and will be auditioning at several music schools this winter and spring.