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.
Click here to watch a video about our elementary recorder program!!
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.
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
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 Mixed Choir
|All-County Women’s Choir
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