Joshua Stead-Dorval '21 has fostered a deep passion for music at Nichols School, performing on both violin and viola in addition to learning about conducting and music composition. Stead-Dorval was recently recognized for his excellence in music performance, as he was selected to play viola with the Conference All-State Symphony Orchestra at the 2019 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference, which takes place December 5-8 at the University of Rochester. Stead-Dorval is believed to be the first Nichols School student to be named to a NYSSMA Conference All-State performance group.
Last spring, Stead-Dorval auditioned on viola at a NYSSMA solo festival. After evaluation of his performance, recommendations by both the adjudicator and Nichols School instrumental arts teacher Cory Shelton, and a committee review by music teachers across New York State, Josh was selected to join the 2019 Conference All-State Symphony Orchestra. The group is led annually by renowned guest conductors from across the country. This year's Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the prestigious Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York.
At Nichols, Stead-Dorval played violin from the time he joined the Middle School as a fifth grader. He now plays violin for the Upper School orchestra, a group he led as concertmaster as a sophomore. He also enjoys conducting the group for selected performances in addition to exploring composition.
Stead-Dorval is also highly involved in the local music community. He studies both violin and viola with Suzuki Violinists of WNY, plays piano with Marie Zak piano studio, participates in the Bravo International Chamber Music Workshop, and has performed as the Principal Second Violinist in the Greater Buffalo Youth Strings Orchestra. As a volunteer, Stead-Dorval serves as a music minister at the Newman Center at SUNY Buffalo State, and he works with Buffalo String Works, teaching violin to young refugee children while helping them build a sense of community and belonging in Buffalo.
We would like to congratulate Joshua on this tremendous honor and wish him the best of luck with the Conference All-State Symphony Orchestra this winter!