Four students from North High and South High Schools have been accepted to perform in the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) High School Honor Concert Band, to be held in Syracuse in early March 2014. Two additional students were chosen as alternates. These students were selected by a statewide panel of NYSBDA music educators after evaluating recordings of their performances.
North High School honorees include Chris Peter Angelidis (oboe), Casey Poon (tuba), and Jasmine Wong (clarinet) with Cordelia Ding (piccolo) as an alternate. Their music teacher is Joseph Rutkowski.
South High’s winners include Elliot Horowitz (baritone saxophone), with Jay Zussman (bass clarinet) as an alternate. They are taught by Mark Boschen and Michael Schwartz.
More than 425 applications were submitted for High School Honor Band consideration. From those, 115 students were selected to participate; another 22 were designated alternates. These students will be rehearsing and performing a concert with some of their most talented peers in grades 9–12. Their performance will be conducted by a college wind ensemble director.
—By Great Neck Record staff
The Lakeville School auditorium was recently named in honor of Barbara A. Raber in recognition of her years as Lakeville’s principal (1984–2010). Under Mrs. Raber’s leadership, Lakeville was recognized as a 2009 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the US Department of Education.
The auditorium dedication ceremony included laudable remarks from school notables; a selection of musical pieces performed by Colin and Eric Jacobsen, international musicians and Lakeville graduates; and a video montage of Mrs. Raber’s years in the district, aptly named, “B is for Barbara.”
The Great Neck School District is offering an SAT review course, either with or without an additional ACT review course. At a recent Board of Education public action meeting, it was announced that the school district “recognizes that many students enroll in private SAT and/or ACT review courses outside the regular school day.” And in order to offer this additional help to the students, the district chose to offer such courses, through recognized, outside agencies, both helping students and saving money for the district.
The school district advertised for proposals from “established quality outside companies” to offer cost-effective SAT and SAT with an ACT extension review course, at Great Neck Public Schools sites. Kaplan, Princeton Review and Revolution Prep all bid on the proposals. Kaplan won the bid, meeting the district's guidelines at the lowest cost. It provided an economic benefit equal to or greater than the other proposal that met the required guidelines.
North High School’s Junior Players will present South Pacific, Rogers and Hammerstein’s award-winning musical, on Thursday, Nov. 1; Friday, Nov. 15; and Saturday, Nov. 16, each evening at 7:30 p.m., and at an added matinee performance on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 35 Polo Road.
Eight students have been accepted to perform in the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Middle School Honor Concert Band to be held in Syracuse, in early March 2014. These students were selected by a statewide panel of NYSBDA music educators after evaluating recordings of their performances.
Participating in the Honor Concert Band from North Middle School will be eighth-grader Matthew Han (trumpet). His instrumental music teacher is Matthew Trinkwald.
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