On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the following students from Amity Middle School – Bethany auditioned for the Southern Regional Middle School Band, Choir and Orchestra: Rhian Alsgaard, *Jason Benard, Megan Ding, *Ashley Dorais, Evan Gorelick, *Samuel Green, *Grace Ha, *Kabir Khwaja, Riku Korenaga, *Ben Lee, *Owen Lee, *Margaret Luo, *Ellie Medovnikov, *Kaitlyn Pryor, *Mateo Spano, *Allison Su, Antonia Tzepos, *Natalie Wang, Gabrielle Wincherhern, Vivian Wincherhern, *Jennifer Xu, *Claire Yuan, *Weiss Yuan, *Hope Zhang, Mason Zhang. These students played a rigorous audition including scales, and a prepared solo piece in front of a panel of judges. Each student received a score sheet which rated their tone, technique, and musical expression. This score would determine whether the students would earn a seat in the Southern Regional Festival ensembles. Amity Middle School-Bethany students were competing with other music students from the southern region of the state including New Haven, Hamden, Clinton, Madison, Branford, Cheshire, and other towns. The students with an asterisk () were accepted into the Southern Regional Festival. They performed with the three festival ensembles at Haddam Killingworth Middle School, Killingworth, CT on Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, 2017.