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The Halls Are Alive With The Sound Of Music

On the Great Neck Public Schools’ Adult Program faculty, there are three excellent voice teachers, each of whom offers a unique style of vocal music at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Avenue. The spring semester begins the week of April 8, so be sure to register now. Call 441-4949 or visit the Adult Program Web site at www.greatneckadulted.org.

Ken Grossman

Ken Grossman, a long-time Great Neck resident, has produced four CDs that feature the music of the Great American Songbook. For the past decade, he has performed in clubs in the New York metro area and at local senior centers. 

With Steve Belfer, a talented piano accompanist, Mr. Grossman’s “Singing for Fun” class is just that. The music of the Great American Songbook is what’s sung, as a group and individually. He’ll teach you how to make a song your own, how to swing a song, and how to give it a blues quality. 

“Singing for Fun” meets nine Fridays, April 12 to June 7, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Fee: $239 for Great Neck and Manhasset school district residents, $249 for nonresidents.

Beth Goodrich

Beth Goodrich is currently one of 11 finalists who will compete on May 5 for the title of Ms. New York Senior America 2013. Naturally, she’ll sing and play the piano, as she does in her “Cabaret” class at the Adult Program. Ms. Goodrich has appeared Off Broadway and in regional and repertory productions of hit musicals. She has a BA in music education from NYU and an MA in educational theater from Adelphi.

If you have completed “Cabaret Beginner” or have some performing experience, “Cabaret Intermediate” is for you. It meets 12 Tuesdays, April 9 to June 25, 4 to 6 p.m. Fee: $239 for Great Neck and Manhasset school district residents, $249 for nonresidents.

Ethel Siegel

In December, when Ethel Siegel celebrated her birthday, one of her advanced students, Dr. Alvin Morrison, wrote the following poem in her honor. It captures the feelings of all her students about her teaching and coaching.

Ode to Ethel

It’s the first day of winter, let the banners unfurl;

And we’ll all pay homage to our birthday girl.

She’s youthful and talented and stately and regal—

We’re referring, of course, to our own Ethel Siegel.

She teaches us singing at the Cumberland School,

And she goes by her one unconditional rule—

When she has us learning and rehearsing a song,

She’ll never allow us to sing one note wrong.

When we perform, our learned resources we pool,

And we sound so good, we make the audience drool.

This spring, Ms. Siegel, a certified music therapist with a BA from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, is offering two classes, as well as private instruction. “Do You Love To Sing—in a Group?” meets 11 Mondays, April 8 to June 24 (no class May 27), 10 a.m. to noon. Fee: $239 for Great Neck and Manhasset school district residents, $249 for nonresidents. “Serious Singer Advanced” meets 11 Thursdays, April 11 to June 20, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fee: $345 for Great Neck and Manhasset school district residents, $355 for nonresidents. The fee for private instruction is $80 per one-hour session.