Manhasset All-National musician earns first chair bass

Manhasset Secondary School senior Jonathan Kim at the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Orchestra where he earned the right to sit as first chair string bassist. (Photo courtesy of the Manhasset School District)

The Manhasset Union Free School District congratulates Jonathan Kim, a Manhasset Secondary School senior who performed with the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Orchestra in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 9. Jonathan competed in a customary “seating audition,” where he earned the right to sit as first chair string bassist, making him the best of the best.

Adding to this prestigious honor, he was chosen to serve as principal bassist of the All-National Orchestra following a competitive audition.

“Jonny is a very passionate musician and channels this passion into everything he does, whether it is sports or music,” said Caroline Shyr, Jonathan’s string teacher. “His dedication and drive are the reasons for accomplishments such as this. It’s very rare to find a bassist of this caliber at the high school level. We are fortunate to have him as a member of our high school music program.”

In addition to All-National first chair, Jonathan has been selected for the All-County, Long Island String Festival Association and All-Eastern orchestras multiple times, including serving as principal bassist on several occasions. He was selected for the New York State School Music Association All-State Orchestra in his junior year. Student-musicians are prohibited from participating in the NYSSMA All-State and NAfME All-National ensembles in the same year.

Jonathan plays for the Manhasset High School Symphonic Orchestra and is also a member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

“Jonathan is a wonderful representative of the excellent music program we have here in Manhasset,” Manhasset Director of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Chris Hale said.“He is an extraordinary young man and we are proud of this and all of his accomplishments.”

Submitted by the Manhasset School District



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