Violinists Kalyana Duggal, left, a senior, and junior Samantha Liu are stand partners in the Niskayuna High School Chamber Orchestra. (Geraldine Freedman/For The Daily Gazette)

Music is key at Niskayuna, Shenendehowa

BY GERALDINE FREEDMAN/For The Daily Gazette There was a time not so long ago when school districts dropped their arts programs to balance their budgets. But at two local high schools, music is thriving. “We’ve very fortunate,” said Eric Hughes,…


Station says year-round holiday music no stunt

By NED CAMPBELL Gazette Reporter CAPITAL REGION — It’s either Christmas in Albany or it’s a holly, jolly publicity stunt. At midnight Wednesday, PopCrush 105.7 WQSH-FM stopped playing top-40 hits and started playing only Christmas music under a new name…

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Niskayuna music program advances

NISKAYUNA — For the second consecutive year, Niskayuna High School has been named a semifinalist in the Grammy Signature Schools program. Of about 20,000 schools nationwide that received application packets, just 120 were selected as semifinalists, including 20 in New…