Anthony Pollera, District Coordinating Music Chair


May 2016 - Musicians Take Home Trophies


P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high school’s student-musicians showcased their talents this May during two separate Music in the Parks competitions

P.J. Gelinas competed at Great Adventure and the competition results were as follows:

Eighth- and Ninth-Grade Combined Orchestra - 1st Place

Chamber Orchestra - 1st Place & Best Overall

Ninth-Grade Band - 1st Place

Wind Ensemble - 1st Place & Best Overall

Jazz Ensemble - 1st Place

Vocal Vikings - 1st Place

Ben Fogarty and Greyson Nekrutman - Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award

Dana Smith - Outstanding Accompanist Award

R.C. Murphy competed at Hershey Park and the competition results were as follows:

RCM Ninth-Grade Band- 1st place

RCM Ninth-Grade Orchestra - 1st Place

RCM Chamber Orchestra - 1st Place

RCM Chamber Choir - 1st Place

RCM Chamber Orchestra - Best Overall Orchestra

RCM Chamber Choir- Best Overall Chorus

Ward Melville High School’s symphony orchestra and string orchestra recently participated in the Music in the Parks Competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania and earned top honors in their respective categories.

Both orchestras received first-place wins with superior ratings. In addition, the Symphony Orchestra received the coveted best overall trophy and was the highest scoring of all the instrumental and choral groups at the festival.


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Vocalists Volunteer

May 2016 - Arrowhead Elementary School’s sixth-grade chorus lent their melodic voices to a worthy cause this spring as they raised funds and donations for the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer unit.

The students collected 53 DVDs and $485 in iTunes gift cards to be donated to the children receiving both inpatient and outpatient pediatric cancer treatment at the hospital.

The group was inspired to organize the fundraiser after they started preparing the song “Truly Brave” for the school’s spring concert. The song was featured on the “Today” show’s “Shine a Light” series and performed by Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. The students were so moved by the song's intent that they came up with the idea for the fundraiser.

Pitch-Perfect Performances


Student-musicians from Minnesauke and Nassakeag elementary schools had the chance to showcase their talents on the regional stage when they took to center field and performed at the Long Island Ducks Stadium this May 2016. The crowd was in awe of their abilities and greeted them with boisterous rounds of applause.

One for the Record Books - January 2016

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Students from Minnesauke, Setauket and W.S. Mount elementary schools, as well as P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy junior high schools, helped to break the Guinness World Record for the most horns performing on stage at one time during this year’s SCMEA Day of Horn.

The record was originally 180, held by a group of Pakistani sheep hornists, but this year’s SCMEA group surpassed that with more than 270 players on stage.


Singing This Holiday Season

Setauket's Band Performs at SUNY Stony Brook

Patriot Marching Band Performs at Newsday Festival 2015

Musicians Selected for Festivals - September 2015

In recognition of their talents, many Ward Melville High School student-musicians have been chosen to perform at renowned regional, state and national festivals in the coming months.

As a result of their outstanding scores at the 2015 NYSSMA solo and ensemble evaluation festivals, nearly 50 juniors and seniors were selected for the NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Music Festival, and 22 were chosen as All-State participants or alternates for this year’s NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, New York. 

Additionally, seniors Matt Hoffman and Rajiv Moturu were chosen to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles through a rigorous selection process. Matt will perform as a tenor 1 in the Mixed Choir, and Rajiv as a violinist with the Symphony Orchestra. The ensembles’ final performances will be held at the historic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.

NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Musicians

All-County Band
Reilly Becchina
Cameron Bosch

Caroline Bosch

Peter Jespersen

Thomas Kernan

Shane Kim

Dylan Maggio

Alexander Smith

Kevin Wen
All-County Orchestra
Allison Dana
Kathryn Forcone

Sarah Gutman

Crystal Her
Amy Huang

Ellen Li
Thomas Li
Ariel Leong

Kathryn Leung

Elizabeth Merrifield

Nima Mohammadi

Constance Mulford
Ariella Napoli
Jason Rahner
Matthew Roberts
Emily Winston
All-County Mixed Choir
Caitlyn Albano

Alexandra Bassin
Sage Beasley
Drew Ehrlich
Jacob Haff
Christopher Helenek
Joseph Hines
Matthew Hoffman
Joseph Lombardi
Connor Meehan
Elizabeth Merrifield
Ethan Meyer
Heidi Scarth
Benjamin Shea
Anna Skolnick
John Stimmel
Martin Vaillancourt
Marina Vostrova
Lucas White
All-County Women’s Choir
Meaghan Kruse
Tamryn Rosner
Alexis Salerno
Shawn Tellekamp
Sarah Whelan

2015 NYSSMA Winter Conference
Reilly Becchina – Flute (alternate)
Cameron Bosch – Alto Saxophone (alternate)
Sarah Gutman – Piccolo (alternate) and Flute (alternate)
Jacob Haff – Mixed Chorus
Crystal Her – Violin (alternate)
Ariel Leong – String Orchestra
Kathryn Leung – String Orchestra
Dylan Maggio    – Snare Drum (alternate)
Erin McSweeney – Snare Drum (alternate)
Elizabeth Merrifield – Mixed Chorus and String Orchestra
Nima Mohammadi – String Orchestra
Constance Mulford – Wind Ensemble
Shane Kim – Symphonic Band
Meaghan Kruse – Alto II (alternate)
Jason Rahner – Wind Ensemble
Heidi Scarth – Mixed Chorus and Jazz Alto Voice (alternate)
Benjamin Shea – Mixed Chorus
Alexander Smith – Wind Ensemble
John Stimmel – Bass I (alternate)
Martin Vaillancourt – Vocal Jazz
Kevin Wen – Alto Saxophone (alternate)
Emily Winston – Symphony Orchestra



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