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Four RCK Musicians Perform Anthem for Field Day

Four of RCK band teacher Lynda Maniscalco’s students – Lucas Aparicio, Taha Canan, Kiersten Galli and Christian Martinez – performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” over the morning announcements to kick off the school’s Field Day event. 

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Tri-M Honor Society Rises $2,004 for Food Banks

The middle school’s Tri-M Honor Society’s main objective is community service. In the past, the Honor Society has adopted families during the holidays, collected hygiene products for women’s shelters, collected socks for the homeless, ran food drives and gift drives for children’s hospitals, and this year, with the help of the For the Kids organization, helped install a beautiful memorial garden in front of the school.

Tri-M members participate annually in the Long Island Cares-Harry Chapin Food Bank Practice-a-Thon, with all proceeds going to local food banks. This year, Tri-M raised a new high of $2,004.

“The Practice-a-Thon is a wonderful way to strengthen students’ practice habits while encouraging empathy and empowering them to make a difference in their community,” said adviser Concetta Stevens. 

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A Record Number of Teeny Noms

The high school has been fortunate over the past decade to have earned several nominations for the Teeny Awards, the Islip Arts Council’s theater recognition program for high school students. At this year’s 10th anniversary awards, held on June 3 at Bay Shore High School, East Islip’s talented theater students earned a record number of Teeny nominations and several wins for their performances in March’s production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

Tori Tiernan was named the winner for Best Actress in a Musical, the school’s ensemble won Best Ensemble Performance of a Musical, East Islip’s pit orchestra was rewarded for its high-caliber playing with a win for Best Performance by a Student Pit Orchestra, Michael Silva was selected for the Director’s Choice award and Kyle Westgate-Addessi earned a scholarship from the Islip Arts Council.

Also nominated were Karina Gallagher for Best Actress in a Musical, Katie Spina for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Andrew Timmins and Westgate-Addessi for Best Actor in a Musical, and Kieran Tohill for Outstanding Male Cameo Actor in a Musical.

“It was an incredible honor for East Islip to receive so many nominations, and the members of the high school music staff are extremely proud,” said Bethany Affelt, the high school’s choral and theater director. “The combination of our students’ hard work, dedication and love for the theater; coupled with our strong production team proved to be a winning combination, and we are so excited for next year’s production.”


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A Year of Musical Dedication

An entire school year of hard work, passion and dedication to music from both students and teachers was celebrated in style at East Islip’s annual spring concert series. The performances, all held at Rydzeski Hall, included the middle school on May 7 and 9, JFK on May 14, RCK on May 16, and the high school on May 22 and 23.

"Our spring concert series, featuring students from grades 3-12, began with our third-graders performing on the recorders and singing, and ended with our seniors performing their final number on the East Islip High School stage,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art and music. “Smiles and tears of joy were shared among our students, teachers and community members as the music department took our breath away with each performance. We are so very proud of all the students and teachers who shared their musicianship this spring season.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of both of my beginner and advanced orchestras,” said JFK Orchestra Director Jaime DeMaria. “They performed with energy, dynamics and – most importantly – heart. I am so honored to be their teacher and wish the fifth-graders all the best as they continue their musical journey to the middle school.”

“I am exceptionally proud of the performances of the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra students,” said East Islip Middle School Orchestra Director Judith Fischer, whose students performed material ranging from Rimsky-Korsakoff to The Beatles. “I truly believe that their concerts were an outstanding example of the hard work we do each and every day in class. Congratulations on a job well done.”

 

 


Keenan Wins SCMEA Scholarship 

High school junior Victoria Keenan was recently announced as the winner of the $500 SCMEA Burnhart Rydzeski Summer Scholarship, providing her the opportunity for music study at the Ithaca Summer Music Academy this summer. Keenan, a violinist, has previously been selected to perform with the All-County Orchestra and Long Island String Festival Association concert. She also plays in the school’s pit orchestra for musicals.

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Excellent EI Students Selected for 12x12 Art Exhibition

A group of talented high school student-artists were chosen for display in the 15th annual 12x12 High School Art Exhibition, held from May 7-16. Sponsored by LIU Post, the competition asks students to create works of art that are 12 inches wide by 12 inches high.

Chosen students included Caitlin Breitenbecker, Kaylin Cuba, Julia Lambert, Christopher Palmer, Gia Piazza and Alicia Rodriguez for photography; and Eliza Channing, Hailee Cornell, Sabine Gebhard and Kevin Mesa for electronic illustration.

“I’ve never had my artwork shown in a college exhibit, and it’s an honor,” said Mesa.

“The students selected for this exhibit have such excellent pieces, and I am so proud of their artwork,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “It is such a wonderful opportunity that LIU Post provides, exhibiting high school students in their gallery space.”


JFK Fifth-Graders Display Art at ‘Colors’

Tammy Chen and Johanna LeRoux, fifth-graders at JFK, were selected to have their artwork displayed in the 19th annual Colors of Long Island student art exhibit at Stony Brook’s Long Island Museum. Sponsored by Astoria Bank, Colors of Long Island gives students from kindergarten through high school an opportunity to display their artistic talents in a museum setting. 

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EI Perseveres to Present ‘Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Persevering despite the opening night’s rescheduling due to snow, the high school’s annual musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” was presented on March 23, 24 and 25. Based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name, “Drood” is a comedic, interactive murder mystery that allows the audience to take part in the action as detectives. Dickens died in 1870 before he was able to reveal the culprit, but the award-winning 1985 Rupert Holmes adaptation solves the predicament by asking the audience to vote on the identity of the murderer and other characters.

The East Islip cast included Kyle Westgate-Addessi (The Chairman), Andrew Timmins (John Jasper), Karina Gallagher (Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood), Victoria Tiernan (Rosa Bud), Sara Rapuzzi (Helena Landless), Stone Locke (Neville Landless), Katelyn Spina (Princess Puffer), Jake Acocella (Mr. Crisparkle), Sebestian Ovalle (Durdles), Michael Silva (Bazzard) and Kieran Tohill (Deputy).

“Our high school students performed amazingly,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world languages. “From vocal work to the pit orchestra to the stage crew and the choreography, each element was wonderfully executed. It is due to the dedication of our teachers to our students’ success that we could incorporate audience participation to provide three different endings that replicated professionalism.”  


Three Named Photography Finalists

Three talented high school students – Hailey Cooke, Kerri Davis and Julia Desiderio – were selected as finalists in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 38th annual College & High School Photography Contest, sponsored by Fujifilm. The winning photos will be published in June in the “Best of College & High School Photography 2018” book. Their work was chosen from more than 12,000 submissions from college and high school students from the United States, Canada and around the world.

“I’m very proud of my students,” said teacher Joy Taylor. “I can’t think of a more deserving group of photographers to be chosen for this honor. It is quite an accomplishment to be selected from such an impressive selection of photos.”


Superb SCMEA Selections from MS, JFK, RCK

Recognized for their hard work and musical skills, 22 elementary and middle school students from East Islip were chosen by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association to perform in this spring’s All-County Concerts.

Selected from JFK were Julianna D’Addario (chorus), Ryan Flad (band), Lexi Hernandez (chorus) and Ella Tantillo (orchestra).

From Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School, students chosen were Lucas Aparicio (band), Allyson DeLorenzo (chorus), Kirsten Sorbi (chorus) and James Terhune (orchestra).

Middle school students chosen by SCMEA included All-County Band selections Ella Micalizzi (flute), Cierra Stephens (flute) and Damon Swinson (French horn); All-County Chorus selections Emily Blair (soprano), Ryan Canarozzi (baritone), Timothy Hogan (baritone) and Stephen Law (baritone); and All-County Orchestra selections Ryan Auffant (trombone), Michael Baldino (trumpet), Caleigh DiBenditto (cello), Robert Finn (tuba), Chiara Mosca (viola), Keira Tantillo (violin) and Brandon Zane (bass).




 


Two Selected for SCALA

Works by two exceptional high school student-artists – Hailee Cornell and Julia Desiderio – were recently chosen by the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association for display at this year’s All-County SCALA/BACCA Art Show Exhibition. The annual exhibition was Open to high school students in grades 9-12, the annual exhibition was presented at Old Town Hall in Babylon during February.

“The SCALA show was an astounding experience,” said Desiderio, who attends Joy Taylor’s photography class. “I was honored to be chosen and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to see the perspectives of each contestant. I am proud to have received this opportunity.”

Cornell, who is enrolled in Heather Toomey’s electronic illustration class, said, “It was an honor to be chosen for the exhibition, and with my new experiences in digital arts, I am able to express myself more every day.”

“I am so proud of Hailee for her work in electronic illustration,” said Toomey. “She is an excellent student and exceptional artist. She deserves the honor of being chosen for the SCALA show and have her artwork hung with the best art students around Long Island.”

 


Middle School Trio Attend Day of Horn

Eighth-graders Ameer Basher, Jake Kilrain and Damon Swinson were chosen to attend the 13th annual Suffolk County Music Educators Association Day of Horn, held recently at Northport High School. The three young middle school musicians participated in clinics and rehearsals with acclaimed guest artists, culminating in an evening concert featuring the students as part of a giant horn ensemble.

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Middle Schooler Chosen for Day of Tuba

Ryan Renaneschi, a seventh-grader at the middle school and exceptional young musician, was selected to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s 37th annual Day of Tuba and Euphonium, held at Smithtown High School East. At the event, hundreds of Suffolk students gathered for a day of rehearsing, clinics and a culminating concert.

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Milito and Montijo Chosen for NYSATA

High school student-artists Jessica Montijo and Stephanie Milito were chosen for the New York State Art Teachers Association’s 28th annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition. Their artwork will be displayed from March 1-14 in the Legislative Well in Albany’s Capitol Building. The Legislative Student Art Exhibition, cosponsored by New York State United Teachers, showcases New York State’s art programs.

“I’m excited to have my work on display up in Albany for this exhibit,” said Montijo.

“I was honored to be chosen to exhibit because I want to pursue the visual arts as a career,” said Milito.

“I am so proud of Jessica and Stephanie,” said their teacher, Heather Toomey. “They are really talented and always work really hard in class. They were chosen for their high quality work and creative projects.”

 


Four Seniors Go ‘APE’ with Art League Exhibition

High school seniors Melissa Mavrich, Jordan Rant, Zoe Stengel and Jenna Tergesen have been featured in the Art League of Long Island’s 11th annual Go APE Advanced Placement Student Exhibition. The exhibit, which will run from Feb. 17 through March 4 at the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery in Dix Hills, celebrates the exceptional talents of Long Island’s young AP art students, as selected by their teachers.

These East Islip students are enrolled in Daniel Figliozzi’s AP art 2D design course; they will attend a Go APE closing artists’ reception at the gallery on March 4. All four seniors plan to attend art school in the fall and are in the process of applying and committing to schools.

“These four girls are amazing,” said Figliozzi. “This is my fourth year teaching all of them, and they have shown amazing growth and transformation in their art practices. I was more than happy to select them for this exhibition, as it is a wonderful opportunity for them to share their work with a larger audience.”

“I’m honored to be a part of such a prestigious event and couldn’t wait to see artists’ works from other schools,” said Stengel.

She has taken nearly every art course that East Islip High School has to offer and received a 5 on her AP drawing exam last year. Stengel plans to pursue a career in illustration, and was awarded with the highest merit scholarship to attend the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan next fall.

“I can’t believe I was given this amazing art-pportunity,” said Rant. “My artwork, ‘Peacocking,’ is based on personal experience and my interactions with the people I surround myself with.”

A skilled drawer and cartoonist with a knack for humor, Rant is likewise considering SVA, but plans to pursue cartooning. She has also been accepted to Columbia College in Manhattan and Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and is in the process of making a decision for her college career. 

“Being selected for the Go APE show was unexpected,” said Mavrich, acclaimed for her ability to create photorealistic portraits. “I feel accomplished. My artwork, ‘Emma & Jenny,’ showcases my best friend and my cousin. I captured the calmness of Emma and the energetic nature and excitement of Jenny in the work.”

Mavrich has also applied to SVA and plans to attend the fine arts program there. 

“I was excited to be able to showcase my work after four years of hard work in my art classes,” said Tergesen of Go APE. “My progression over the years has lead to an artwork that I’m really proud of. I feel accomplished that am able to show this piece alongside other AP art students on Long Island.”

Tergesen plans to pursue interior design next year and hopes to attend the New York School of Interior Design this fall.


Photography Pair Chosen for Colors

Two high school photography students – senior Alexa Benitez and junior Sophie Bingham – were chosen for the 20th annual Colors of Long Island student art exhibit, held at Stony Brook’s Long Island Museum.

This annual student art exhibition, sponsored by Astoria Bank, provides an opportunity for K-12 students to show their artwork in a museum setting. Both students along with parents and teachers have been invited to attend the reception on April 8.

Benitez, who was selected for Colors of Long Island for the second consecutive year, said, “It is an honor to have my work shown in the Long Island Museum."

“Having my work in a museum is great, and I am really happy that I was given this opportunity,” said Bingham.

“I am so proud of Alexa and Sophie for being recognized for their outstanding artwork,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “They are excellent students and dedicated to creating high quality work. The Long Island Museum provides such a wonderful opportunity for high school students to exhibit their work in a professional space.”

 


Four LISFA Selections from the Middle School

The middle school has garnered four student selections for this year’s Long Island String Festival Association concert. Chosen as among the best young string orchestra musicians in Suffolk County were sixth-grade cellist Ethan Greene, eighth-grade viola player Chiara Mosca, sixth-grade violinist Hanna Ross and seventh-grade violinist Keira Tantillo.

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JFK's Tantillo Chosen for LISFA

Young violinist Ella Tantillo, a fifth-grader at JFK, was selected for this year’s Long Island String Festival Association concert, recognizing her as one of Duffolk County’s finest school string orchestra musicians. Tantillo was chosen based on recommendation from her orchestra teacher and her scores at last year’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival. 

 

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Beautiful Performances Highlight Winter Concerts

The young musicians in the district showed off their growing talents and the results of long hours of practice through a memorable series of winter concerts held during December in the high school’s auditorium.

Audiences flocked to the performances by the students of JFK, RCK, the middle school and the high school, with highlights including JFK band director Ronald Fox dressing up as Darth Vader to conduct music from “Star Wars,” the JFK and RCK advanced orchestras both sharing their experiences through a “Vivaldi School Year” program; selections from the musical “Hamilton” performed by the middle school concert choir and girls chorus, directed by Patricia Bryan; and the audience joining hands to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” with the high school’s honors choir and director Bethany Affelt.

“During our winter concert series, our students performed beautifully, and it is a pleasure to watch each grow under the direction of our dedicated teachers,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world languages.

 

 


Ten Terrific Student-Artists Displayed at Suffolk Competition

High school students Niamh Amitrano, Sophie Bingham, Alli Bunde, Hailey Cooke, Julia Desiderio, Cassandra Fernandez, Gia Piazza, Jordan Rant, Paige Roses and Zoe Stengel participated in Suffolk County Community College’s 10th annual High School Art Competition. The students are currently enrolled in Joy Taylor’s photography class and Heather Toomey’s electronic illustration class.

Work by the 10 terrific student-artists was on display as they attended a reception in the Captree Commons Building at the college’s Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood on Dec. 14, with friends, family and teachers in attendance.

“These students are some of the most dedicated in my class, and I'm so happy they showcased their outstanding photographs in this show,” said Taylor. “I'm fortunate to work with such great kids.”

Sophie Bingham, who had pieces chosen for display in both photography and electronic illustration, said, “I’m honored to have both my skillsets represented.”

“This was a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their creative talents,” said Toomey. “I am so proud of these young artists and look forward to seeing how they continue to grow and develop their artistic skills.”

 


Terrific Tree Lighting Performance

Bringing magnificent musicianship to a happy holiday celebration, the East Islip High School Chamber Orchestra performed for the second consecutive year at the annual Orphan Tree Lighting at the Islip Art Museum’s Brookwood Hall. Led by orchestra director Giovanna Ruggiero, the ensemble performed favorites such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Let It Snow.”

“Our musicians were excited to return to Brookwood Hall for our second tree lighting performance,” said Ruggiero. “Brookwood Hall’s Grand Ballroom is a wonderful venue that has held many great performances over the years, and we are happy to be a part of that.”

 


The Making of a Mandala at EIHS

As part of learning about the tools and capabilities of Adobe Illustrator, students in Heather Toomey's electronic illustration classes at East Islip High School recently created a mandala for a class project.

The students worked on both black-and-white and color versions of the mandala, which Toomey then compiled into a class coloring book. The students voted and chose Katrina Shea’s work as the cover for the coloring book.

“The mandala was so much fun,” said student Connor Lennon. “We created half a triangle, reflected it and then rotated all the pieces to create a final circular design.”

“The coloring book was a very creative idea and fun to be a part of," said classmate Camila Corral.

“I was really excited about this collaborative class project,” said Toomey. “Creating art and being able to share it with others is one reason why I love teaching art so much. Each student was able to create a beautiful work of art as an individual, and then as a group, we created something that others can use and enjoy. I would invite everyone to color in a page, photograph it and post it to social media with the hashtag #eiFineArts.”

Click here to view the Mandala Coloring Book

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‘Hamilton’ Actress Inspires MS Chorus

Acclaimed actress Syndee Winters, known for her performances as the three Schuyler sisters in the Broadway cast of “Hamilton,” recently paid an inspirational visit to middle school chorus students. The seventh- and eighth-graders were rehearsing a “Hamilton” medley for their winter concert, and Winters came to give them a taste of what the music sounds like when sung by a professional theater musician.

Winters, who has also appeared as Nala in the touring company of “The Lion King,” performed two songs from Hamilton, "Burn" and "Satisfied,” and spoke at length about how she achieved her level of success despite her modest beginnings. She talked to the young musicians about having a “Vision Board” upon which to put pictures of goals they would like to achieve in their future, and told them to look at it every day and be reminded of what they need to do to accomplish their dreams. She also stayed afterwards to sign autographs and take selfies with the middle schoolers.

“It was an incredible, musical, motivational, inspirational experience for our students,” said chorus director Patricia Bryan.


JFK Fifth-Grader Takes Up His Tuba for SCMEA Festival

Ryan Hilbert, a fifth-grader at JFK, participated in the 37th annual SCMEA Day of Tuba and Euphonium, held on Nov. 3 at Central Islip High School. Hilbert took part in rehearsals and clinics during the festival, and performed a concert with a massed ensemble comprised of more than 300 tuba and euphonium players including elementary, middle and high school students, teachers and guest artists.

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Orgera Takes Art on the Road(show)

Michael Orgera, a sixth-grader at the middle school, represented the district in Albany last month as part of a special New York State PTA Reflections Art Roadshow. A total of 60 works of art were chosen for this special additional honor of distinction – besides being local, regional and state winners – out of more than 1,100 pieces submitted for the 2016-2017 PTA Reflections contest that were chosen for a special additional honor of distinction.

Orgera, a highly awarded participant in PTA Reflections, is a two-time Suffolk Region Award of Excellence winner as well as a New York State Winner of Excellence, New York State Winner of Merit and 2016 National Reflections Winner.

His artwork was on display in the rotunda of the New York State Department of Education Building until Nov. 2, when it traveled to Niagara Falls for display at the 2017 New York State PTA Convention. He was also honored by the Board of Education at a recent board meeting.


HS Musicians Honored with Ensemble Selections

Continuing a long tradition of musical excellence, 18 high school students were chosen to participate in the annual New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education All-County concert, held on Nov. 17 at Hauppauge High School. NYSCAME’s All-County program showcases the best junior and senior musicians in Suffolk County to perform in bands, choruses and orchestras.

Jake Acocella (bass), Jenna Anderson (alto), Connor Barnes (tenor), Alexandra Bertolini (soprano), Gabriella Commisso (alto), Sara Rapuzzi (alto) and Kyle Westgate-Addessi  (bass) were selected for the All-County Mixed Chorus; Claudia Banville (soprano), Sarah Bloom (soprano), Madison Lane (alto), Katelyn Spina (alto) and Victoria Tiernan (alto) were selected for the All-County Treble Chorus; Victoria Keenan (violin), Kathryn O’Neill (double bass) and Alexandra Stewart (flute) were selected for the All-County Orchestra; and Alexander Cabrera (baritone saxophone), Max Calarco (trumpet/cornet) and Cassidy Triolo (clarinet) were selected for the All-County Band.

Additionally, seven East Islip student-musicians were recognized for All-State honors this year by the New York State School Music Association and will perform at the annual All-State Music Conference in Rochester, NY from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

Evan Mauner (trumpet) will perform with the All-State Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, Stewart will perform with the All-State Symphonic Band, O’Neill will perform with the All-State Symphonic Orchestra, Bloom    and Rapuzzi will perform with the All-State Treble Chorus, and Anderson and Commisso will perform with the All-State Mixed Chorus.    

“These achievements are due to the students’ hard work, dedication and perseverance, as well as the support provided by our teachers through our performing music programs,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art and music.

 

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Alexis Barber Wins Art Contest

High school sophomore Alexis Barber participated in the Art League of Long Island’s Summer Portfolio Development program this past summer. Students in the program were challenged to create a cover for Anton Media Group’s Back to School special section cover for their August issue. Barber’s entry– a first-person drawing of a looseleaf notebook with several doodles, sketches and block lettering logo, titled “Notebook”  – was selected as the winner.

Barber, who previously won third place in an exhibit at the Long Island Children’s Museum when she was in the eighth grade, is currently taking two honors art classes at the high school.





Sawtelle Tops Traffic Safety Contest

Kathryn Sawtelle, a second-grader at Connetquot, won first place in the annual AAA Traffic Safety Poster Contest for her poster “Don’t Be a Fuddy Duddy, Have a Street Buddy.” After a rigorous judging process, Sawtelle’s poster was chosen out of more than 600 entries in the grade K-2 Pedestrian and Child Passenger Safety category.

The poster contest, part of art teacher Christina Spera-Bartlett’s curriculum for second-grade classes at Connetquot, helped to promote and raise awareness of traffic safety as well as introduce the topic of how to create an effective poster using art techniques.

“All of the students worked very hard for many weeks on their poster entries and should feel very proud of their effort,” said Spera-Bartlett. “Kathryn’s design and message stood out to the judges and therefore kept moving up in the judging process, landing her in first place.”

A special luncheon was held to honor poster and video contest winners for various grade levels. As a first-place winner, Sawtelle received a plaque and a $300 check, presented by John Corlett, AAA New York’s director of traffic safety.

 

 


Students Create Haring-Inspired Mural

High School student-artists in teacher Daniel Figliozzi’s drawing classes recently created a large-scale sharpie drawing mural inspired by influential 1980s artist Keith Haring.

The mural, located on a high school wall between the cafeteria and the music wing, features a famous quote from Haring – “Whatever you want to do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don’t do it for anyone else” – surrounded by student doodles and designs. Many of these designs were technically inspired by the intricate line work of Renaissance artists Francesco Bartolozzi and Albrecht Durer, as well as the cluttered and condensed work of contemporary artist Kath Fidler.

The students filled the mural with multiple memes, cartoon characters and numerous images of “SpongeBob Squarepants” character Squidward Tentacles. In a manner reminiscent of Where’s Waldo, Squidward is located in the mural multiple times, hiding and peeking out in places, challenging viewers to see how many they can find.

“My students enjoyed doing the mural, as they got to draw whatever they wanted,” said Figliozzi. “The work is expressive, dense and fun and really did come together; unifying with line work and ranges of dark and light values. The two central large figures in the work were inspired by Haring’s iconic figures. Each figure’s head is opening up, releasing the designs to signify endless possibility, relating to the quote from Haring.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hillman Honored for Photography

Recent high school graduate Sarah Hillman was honored at the Town of Islip’s 2017 Student Achievement Awards for her work in fine arts. Hillman’s exceptional photographs have been displayed at numerous exhibits including the town’s Festival of the Arts, Colors of Long Island in Stony Brook, and the 2017 Long Island Media Arts Show at Five Towns College’s Performing Arts Center in Dix Hills. She has been recognized for her work in the school’s yearbook and “Broadcaster” newspaper, and won two consecutive PTA Reflections Awards of Excellence.

Hillman will attend Cazenovia College in upstate New York this fall on scholarship, where she plans to major in photography.

 


HS Photographers Chosen at LIU Post

Outstanding work by 10 high school photography students was recently chosen for LIU Post’s 14th annual 12x12 High School Art Exhibition. The selected students were senior Max McGibney (for “Nightmare”); juniors Alexa Benitez (“Somber Contemplation”), Keala Sanders (“Negative-Creep”) and Nina Senn (“Morgue”); and sophomores John Camlet (“Behind Blue Eyes”), Jenna Donnelly (“Reflections”), Tyler Franklin (“Earths Tears”), Jake Kenney (“Juniors”), Chris Palmer (“Strike 3”) and Gia Piazza (“Creepy Night”). Their work was displayed at the Art League Students Gallery at LIU Post’s B. Davis Schartz Memorial Library in Brookville.

"The students chosen for this exhibit have demonstrated an strong interest in their photography and I am so proud of them for getting to exhibit their work in a professional gallery,” said teacher Heather Toomey. “I am happy that LIU Post gives high school students this opportunity.” 

“I plan on continuing photography next year and this was a good experience to have for college,” said Donnelly.





A Successful Spring Concert Series

East Islip closed out another school year of growing musical skill and diligent practice with a terrific May series of spring concerts representing musicians from the high school, middle school, and John F. Kennedy and Ruth C. Kinney elementary schools.

The programs of the six concerts, all held at the high school’s Rydzeski Hall, included classical compositions by Bach, Dvorak, Haydn, Holst, Mozart, Stravinsky and Vivaldi; traditional and folk tunes from various traditions; pop songs like “From a Distance” and “Happy”; and dramatic pieces from films and musicals such as “Hairspray,” “Les Miserables,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jurassic Park” and “Moana.”

“Our spring concert series was a brilliant success,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art and music. “Our children’s hard work and dedication is a reflection of their teachers’ passion for their teaching craft, performance level, and high expectations.”

 

 

 


Seventh-Graders Perform Cello Demo

In a special demonstration performance, middle school orchestra teacher Judith Fischer and three of her seventh-grade students – cellists Wendle Huang, Mia Mendozza and Gabrielle Olds – played an unusual cello duet at the April 6 Board of Education meeting.

The three student-musicians performed the baroque “Lully gavotte”, while Fischer played the Marin Marais composition’s piano part on her cello. Teacher and students then shared various techniques with the audience, explaining how those techniques apply to their music.

All three students, described by Fischer as “wonderful, talented and dedicated,” will perform the piece at the NYSSYMA Solo Festival this month.

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12 Win Best in Show at LI Media Arts

Twelve talented students from the high school were awarded “Best in Show” at the 2017 Long Island Media Arts Show, recognizing their creativity and hard work in the fields of video as well as visual arts such as photography. The competition was held on March 31 at Five Towns College’s Performing Arts Center in Dix Hills.

“The Media Arts Show really stepped up its production values this year,” said teacher James Connell. “There were several interactive experiences that the students who attended could engage with. We had students taking film classes, as well as students joining live television and radio broadcasts throughout the day.”

Best in Show winners from Connell’s video production classes were writer/directors Steven Murello and Kaela Sanders. Murello won for “Old Soul,” a film about a young man making a connection to his grandfather's past; it starred Eddie Sallie and Brook Helmsorig. Sanders earned her prize for “Handsprings,” a music video film inspired by current punk rock music; it starred Kathryn Bingham and Kyle Bishop.

“As always, our students represented their craft well,” said Connell. “Coming home with two video Best in Show awards was great, and the other videos submitted by seniors Tom Murphy and Kara Tejada were also very well received by the judges and audiences at the show. I am extremely proud of the hard work and extra effort my students put in each year, helping East Islip High School shine at this event,” said Connell.

Participating visual arts students came from Joy Taylor's and Heather Toomey's photography classes, Jen Geduldig's electronic illustration classes, Liz Gibbons' 2D design classes and Dan Figliozzi's AP drawing classes.

Best in Show visual arts winners included Sanders as well as Alexa Benitez, Defne Duyku, Sarah Hillman, Destiny Kohlhepp, Stone Locke, Tristan Makinen, Kara Tejada, Zoe Stengel, Damian Vargas and Sam Zimmer.

“We had a record number of students attend as well as receive Best in Show awards this year, and even the judges noticed how East Islip had a powerful presence at this year’s show,” said Toomey. “I am proud of all the students that participated, as it is not easy to take criticism from professionals, and they all took advice and criticism with poise and professionalism.”

“This was a very good opportunity get feedback from professionals to improve my work,” said Amanda Seegers.

“It was a lot of fun to look at artwork from other students across Long Island to get inspiration,” added Chris Palmer.

“I was nervous at first, presenting my photographs, but in the end, the evaluator feedback was really helpful,” said Sarah Renner, from Joy Taylor’s class.

“This was my first year attending, and I was nervous about putting myself in such a vulnerable position with my artwork,” said Kendra Canavan. “It was a little overwhelming, but I made friends and was asking more evaluators to look at my work by the end of the day. I was proud to be a part of this event.”

 

 


Freshman Gomez Wins Huntington Fine Arts Scholarship

David Gomez, a high school freshman studying drawing under teacher Daniel Figliozzi, attended a scholarship competition in March at Huntington Fine Arts, and won second place, proudly walking away with a $500 scholarship to attend advanced art classes at the prestigious Greenlawn art school. HFA’s scholarship competition provides freshmen, sophomore and junior students on Long Island with the opportunity to draw the live figure.

“This life drawing technique and process is challenging, but essential for further collegiate study in fine arts,” said Figliozzi.

“I was very stressed knowing that I was going to participate in this competition,” said Gomez. “However, when I got there, it turned out to be wonderful place and I really enjoyed it. They also had dogs roaming around the building, which were very motivating. While there, I most enjoyed the instructors, who were kind and helpful.”

An excited Gomez returned to school eager to share his experience.

“After the competition, I was somewhat sure that I had done well because the instructors were very complimentary of my work,” he said. “After learning that I had won the second-place prize, I was happy and proud of myself. I am excited to take the painting class there this spring and summer.”

The win for Gomez was no surprise to his teacher.

“When I saw David’s first drawing this year, I immediately knew he would do well in this competition,” said Figliozzi. “I advised David to go into it with confidence, and to not worry about what other students were doing. He is a tremendous talent and will do wonderful things with his art…and he’s only just begun.”

Classmate and former HFA student Michael Dondero spoke to Gomez before the competition, sure of his chances and advising him to take the painting course there, which he himself enjoyed.

“David has a lot of potential to be one of “the greats” of East Islip,” said Dondero. “As a freshman, he already displays a confident drawing technique and a plethora of imaginative ideas.”

Gomez has always loved art.

“I like art because it allows me to create new ideas and imaginative things,” he said. “I am excited to continue to take art at East Islip, broadening my skills and learning new media.”

Gomez plans on continuing to broaden his practice by taking courses in AP art, electronic illustration and drawing in the coming years at East Islip.

 

 


Elaborate "Aida" Wows Audiences

For this year’s spring musical, the high school’s Musical Club presented an elaborate production of "Aida,” wowing audiences over three nights in March at the school's Rydzeski Hall. An intimate, epic and timeless tale of love in ancient Egypt, “Aida” was based on the based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The score by Elton John and Tim Rice won both the Grammy and Tony Award.

Aida was played by Alex Bertolini. Michael Robert Krebs played the conflicted Egyptian captain Radames. The role of the heartbreaking princess Amneris was performed by Victoria Tiernan. Roy Anderson portrayed the evil minister Zoser, father of Radames, who employs sinister techniques to gain the Pharaoh’s throne for his son. Kyle Westgate-Addessi played the wily Nubian slave Mereb, who befriends Aida and assists her captured father, Nubian King Amonasro, portrayed by Alexander O’Neill. Michael Kelly made his East Islip stage debuts as the Pharaoh, while Karina Gallagher portrayed the Nubian slave Nehebka.

The talented ensemble cast also included Jenna Anderson, Fiona Ashe, Emily DaSilva, Karina Gallagher, Mikayla Henderson, Mikaela Naccarato and Sarah Powell as the Palace Women; Jake Acocella, Connor Barnes, Marc Espinosa, Richie Hughes, Michael Kelly, Vincenzo Mediate, Alexander O’Neill, Evan Ostrowski and Kyle Ostrowski as the Ministers and Soldiers; and Shequira Ashley, Kayla Cappe, Emily DaSilva, Beth Hillman, Sarah Hillman, Rachel Kuhlman, Emma Mendolia, Jen Nolet, Judy Orellana, Angelina Parisi, Jenni Profera and Sara Rapuzzi as the Nubian Slaves.

Director and club adviser Brad Frey headed the creative team which included choreography by Samantha Berkowitz and imaginative costumes by Jeanine Ecklund; both joined the Music Club this year along with William Lackner, who handled set design and construction direction. Megan Lombardi served as stage manager, assisted by Michael Dondero, who also headed set design. Joanne Pafundi served as assistant stage crew director, backed by Rebecca Kraemer as costume chief. The master carpenters were Tommaso Rotella and Tim Trapanese. Photography was by Sarah Hillman and make-up by Sabrina Frenino. The dance captains were Mikaela Naccarato and Sarah Powell, and on stage wings were managed by Hunter Engrassia and Allison Epstein. The scenic designer and EIMU organizational chief is Jacqueline Motsiff served as scenic designer and top Music Club organizer, while Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s art and music director, handled program design.

The pit orchestra, conducted by Frey and assisted by associate conductor and keyboardist Michael Stevens, included drummer Eric Ayala; percussionist Joe Pinz; guitarist Kurt Eide; bassist Joshua Koretz; keyboardist Zachary Schurman; reed players Vincent Harty, Anthony Jinete, Sarah Quinn and Cassidy Triolo; horn player Liam Greene; trumpeter Max Calarco; violinists Sophia Bates, Joe Bauco, Julia DeMaggio, Marcela Gallardo, Victoria Keenan, Kerri Kolensky, Connor Lennon, Caroline Meehan and Katrina Shea; viola players Victoria Goldfader, Elisa Mingo and Isabel O’Neill; and cellists Anthony Cialdella, Emma Elliott, Nicole Humpf and Skylar Pipitone.

“I have been involved with so many fine high school productions, but this one was truly special,” said Frey. “Tim Rice and Elton John teaming up with one of the most passionate love stories ever written is a director’s dream, and I am so proud of the cast and crew for venturing to stage such a popular and difficult musical. They have given me such pride and joy witnessing what they were able to create both on and off the stage, surpassing my wildest expectations. Their talents, resourcefulness, genuineness and spirit are a model for all to follow.”

 

 


East Islip’s Superb SCMEA Selections

A total of 67 of East Islip’s superb student-musicians from the elementary and secondary levels were selected to perform in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All-County Concerts this spring.

From the middle school, clarinetists Jack Baranek, Jenna Borelli and Stephen Coleman; trumpeter Robert Graziano; and trombonist Ryan Jacobsen were chosen for the Division I Central Band; while trumpeter Michael Baldino, tuba player Robert Finn, flutists Ella Micalizzi and Oliva Pena, and horn player Damon Swinson II were chosen for the Division III West Band. Vocalists Abbey Lacy and Marisa Triolo were chosen for the Division I Central Chorus, while sopranos Madison LaTronica and Kaitlyn Rice, and baritones Kieran Tohill and Josh Vogel were chosen for the Division III West Chorus. Violinists Kate Alexander, Isabella Fantauzzi and Keira Ann Tantillo; viola players Allison Benowitz, Lauren Holmes, Keira McCaffery, Melissa Mirabelli and Nicholas Wodicka; cellists Nina Gerace, Sebastian Higgins, Nicole Mazza, Amanda Rooney and Brooke Stephens; and bassists Rhiannon Donahue and Brandon Zane were picked for the Division I Central Orchestra; and violinist Lucas Bates, trumpeter Joseph Graziano, bassist Mia Lembo, viola players Michelle Mirabelli,  Noelle Naccarato and Samantha Siebert; and clarinetist Shannon Wodicka were chosen for the Division III West Orchestra.

From JFK, trombonist Jack Wodicka was chosen for the Division I Central Band; vocalists Julia Fink and Samuel Martinez were picked for the Division I Central Chorus; and violinist Hanna Ross was picked for the Division I Central Orchestra.

From RCK, flutist Alyssa Deutsch and clarinetists Andrew Perez, Jada Poindexter and Batuhan Yildiz were chosen for the Division I Central Band; vocalists Ryan Kelpie and Terri Sonnanburg were picked for the Division I Central Chorus; and viola player Kayla McKenna and cellist Ethan Greene were selected for the Division I Central Orchestra.

Representing the high school, trumpeter Christopher Zanone and clarinetists Vincent Guiliano and Cassidy Triolo were chosen for the Division II West Band; tenor Connor Barnes, sopranos Alexandra Bertolini and Victoria Tiernan, bass Christopher Molinari, and altos Madison Lane and Katelyn Spina were picked for the Division II West Chorus; and violinists Emily Alexander, Marcela Gallardo and Victoria Keenan; trumpeter Max Calarco. cellists Trevor Garnett, bassist Peter Gerace, horn player Liam Greene and flutist Alexandra Stewart were selected for the Division II West Orchestra.


 

 


Artists Create Mural for Wrestlers

Michael Dondero and Cynthis Stasio, two of teacher Daniel Figliozzi’s senior art students at the high school, volunteered to create a large-scale mural for the school’s wrestling team. The mural, located on the wrestling room doors, was a vision proposed by Athletic Director Stephen Restivo. The students brought the work to fruition using enamel paint.

“Even though I don’t do sports, it was nice to contribute to one of the other departments at our school,” said Dondero.

“I enjoyed doing the mural and contributing to not only the art department, but the school itself and the athletic department,” said Stasio.

Both Dondero and Stasio plan to attend art school this fall.

 


Seniors Selected for NYSATA

High school seniors Skylure Blatz and Alana Fiederlein were chosen for the New York State Art Teachers Association’s 27th annual Legislative Student Art Exhibition. Their work will be displayed in the Legislative Well in Albany’s Capitol Building from March 27-29.

The flagship event for Youth Art Month, the Legislative Student Art Exhibition is a showcase for the state’s art programs and NYSATA’s largest public display of student artwork in a government building. This year’s exhibit is cosponsored by New York State United Teachers.

The two students, who will attend a NYSATA reception on March 29 alongside parents, teachers and state legislators, are enrolled in teacher Heather Toomey’s independent study photography course.

“I am so proud of Alana and Skylure,” said Toomey. “Both of these wonderful young women have been in my photography class for three years and deserve this honor to exhibit their artwork upstate in Albany.”

“I am excited to have my photography presented at the Legislative Student Art Exhibition,” said Blatz. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my photography teacher, Mrs. Toomey.”

Said Fiederlein, “I am so honored to have been part of this exhibition, and thank everyone who helped support my photography.”

 


HS Photographers Display Their ‘Colors’

Three high school photography students – senior Sarah Hillman and juniors Alexa Benitez and Amanda Seegers – were selected for the 19th annual Colors of Long Island student art exhibit, held at Stony Brook’s Long Island Museum. The three were chosen for their colorful designs pertaining to the theme of the exhibit, which runs from Feb. 24 through April 16.

This annual student art exhibition, sponsored by Astoria Bank, provides an opportunity for K-12 students to show their artwork in a museum setting. A total of 179 schools participated in this year’s exhibition, many of which were new to the Long Island Museum.

“I am so proud of Sarah, Alexa and Amanda for their hard work and dedication to their photography,” said photography teacher Heather Toomey. “I am happy to see them succeed and be acknowledged for their extraordinary photographic skills.”

“I was really grateful to have this opportunity, and excited to see my work displayed in a museum,” said Hillman, who attended a March 5 reception at the museum. She plans to pursue photography in college this fall.

“This was an amazing opportunity,” said Benitez. “This experience is great for my college applications, because I plan to continue photography next year.”




 


Connetquot Second-Graders Create Pop Art Hearts

Second-graders at Connetquot recently learned about pop artist Jim Dine before creating mixed-media hearts during art classes.

Under the direction of teacher Dana Belfiore-O’Connell, the students were taught how to use oil pastels, paint, crayon and marker. They utilized the pros and cons of each material, such as turning crayons on their side to create texture and using the small tips of the markers to create intricate details not achievable with other materials. They tried various techniques and experimented with using the materials in new and exciting ways.

“The paint was my favorite material to use because you can blend the colors to make new ones,” said second-grader Kate Habel.


Stevens Named LI Scholar-Artist

High school senior Michael Stevens was selected to be one of 20 Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar–Artists for 2016-2017, a prestigious honor that annually recognizes top Long Island seniors who have demonstrated a successful school career in both the arts and academics
The LIAA’s Scholar-Artist Awards program, presented by the New York Community Bank Foundation in cooperation with Newsday, partners with local universities to offer full scholarships to qualified honorees.  

Last September 8, Stevens attended a reception at Half Hollow Hills High School East, introducing the 2016-2017 class of Scholar-Artists were introduced and honored. He was featured as a Scholar-Artist in Newsday during December, and this spring, he will participate in a special presentation of all the Scholar-Artists at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

Stevens has spent every Saturday for the past seven years in both the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School Pre-College programs, studying with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In May 2016, his Juilliard chamber group Noname won an international chamber competition against more than 100 other ensembles from 13 different countries. Additionally, Stevens and East Islip classmate Kevin Jacobsen spend Sundays as the two youngest brass section members of the nation’s premier youth orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony.

Since fifth grade, Stevens has spent his summers participating in rigorous music programs such as Tanglewood and the New York State School of Orchestral Studies. Most recently, he toured China and Europe with the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra of the USA. With the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, he visited Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and Poland; in the latter, he performed a memorial concert on the grounds of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp.

As a sixth- and eighth-grader, Stevens was the winner of the Northeast Horn Workshop High School Competition and runner-up in both the Juilliard and MSM concerto competitions. He has been a NYSSMA level 6 pianist since third grade and level 6 horn player since fourth grade, with an average score of 99.7, earning him All-State honors on both instruments.

Academically, Stevens has been enrolled in honors and AP classes throughout his secondary years and has been able to maintain a GPA above 102. Throughout his musical and academic years, he has played both club and school soccer, most recently with the East Islip boys varsity soccer team.

“I am so incredibly grateful for the hard work and support from my music teachers in the school district,” said Stevens. “From elementary school onward, they inspire hundreds of students every day.”

Stevens is applying to music conservatories nationwide where he hopes to pursue a career as an orchestral horn player.

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Finest 14 Chosen for LISFA

Recognizing them as among Suffolk County’s finest school string orchestra players, 14 young string musicians – fifth-grader Hanna Ross; sixth-grader Keira Tantillo; eighth-graders Mia Lembo, Michelle Mirabella, Noelle Naccarato and Samantha Seibert; freshman Peter Gerace, sophomores Marcela Gallardo, Trevor Garnett and Victoria Keenan; juniors Elisa Mingo and Jessica Muroff; and seniors Samantha Smith and Devin Thelemann – were selected for this year’s Long Island String Festival Association concerts.

The students, hailing from JFK, the middle school and the high school, were chosen by LISFA based on recommendations from their orchestra teachers and their scores at last year’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival. They were honored at the Feb. 2 Board of Education meeting.

“We are so very proud of our string students and their hard work to achieve this wonderful accomplishment,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the director of art and music. “We are forever grateful for the countless hours our teachers spent in preparing our students for these opportunities.”

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Photography Students Enjoy Lennon’s Lighting Workshop

The high school’s photography classes recently participated in a hands-on workshop about lighting with a returning visitor, local wedding photographer, John Lennon. The students were given a chance to use Lennon’s professional camera and lighting equipment, enhancing their technical skills.

“It was such a wonderful experience to have Mr. Lennon come back again this year,” said teacher and Photography Club adviser Heather Toomey. “The students and I learned so much from him.”

“It was great to work with Mr. Lennon and to hear his thoughts on the importance of photographic lighting,” added teacher Joy Taylor. “It is always exciting to hear from professionals and have them share their expertise with our students."

“It was an interesting and fun learning experience that introduced us to new techniques and equipment,” said student Alana Fiederlein. 

“I got to learn about things that I wouldn’t have had the chance to, because of his equipment,” said her classmate John Camlet. “I can't wait until he returns next year.”




 

 


Passion on Display at Winter Concerts

 

The district’s hardworking and talented music students displayed the results of their studies at a series of six impressive winter concerts held in December at the high school’s Rydzeski Hall. During the prior months, students from the high school, middle school, and JFK and RCK elementary schools practiced at home and attended numerous rehearsals and lessons, all in preparation for their performances in front of family and friends.

“Our music students demonstrated a high level of musicianship and professionalism in their winter concerts,” said Giovanna Ruggiero, the high school’s orchestra director. “They achieved this through their consistent dedication and passion for music. I am so proud of the hard work each student displayed and I look forward to hearing continued musical growth in upcoming performances.”

JFK Orchestra Director Jaime DeMaria said, “The concert was a huge success and we all can’t wait to see what these spectacular students can do in the spring.”

 

 

 

 


MS Band Bus Tour Proves a Holiday Highlight

The middle school’s Holiday Ensemble, composed of spirited students from the school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, traveled around the district by bus on Dec. 22, spreading cheer through music.

Led by director Concetta Stevens, the band tackled a sprightly selection of holiday classics at each stop, which included Connetquot and RCK elementary schools; the district office, where they performed for administrators; and the Early Childhood Center, where they played for students of the  South Shore Preschool for Early Childhood Education. At each site, Stevens also presented a brief history and demonstration of all the band instruments.

 

 


Honoring All-State/All-County Musicians

Four high school student-musicians – Kurte Eide, Richard Hughes, Michael Krebs and Evan Mauner – were awarded All-State honors by the New York State School Music Association, and participated in at the NYSSMA Winter Conference at the Eastman Theater in Rochester.

At the All-State concert, held on Dec. 4, Eide (jazz trombone) and Mauner (trumpet) performed with the All-State Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, Hughes (trumpet) played with the All-State Wind Ensemble, and Krebs (bass) sang in the All-State Mixed Chorus.

Additionally, 18 students from East Islip were named All-County musicians, and participated in the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education’s All-County Festival concerts, held on Nov. 18 at Northport High School..

Zachary Schurman played alto saxophone with the All-County Band under the direction of Dr. James Tapia.

Representing East Islip in the two choral ensembles were Brittney Berke, Kendra Canavan and Sabrina Firneno in the All-County Women’s Chorus and Roy Anderson, Amanda Baranek, Sarah Bloom, Krebs, Vincenzo Mediate and Sara Rapuzzi in the All-County Mixed Chorus. Selections included original compositions by Women’s Chorus Director Joan Szymko as well as a mix of contemporary and classical pieces.

Eight students were instrumentalists in the All-County Orchestra: Eide on trombone, Beth Hillman on oboe, Nicole Humpf on cello, Richie Hughes and Kevin Jacobsen on trumpet, Samantha Smith on violin, Michael Stevens on horn, and Devin Thelemann on double bass. Under the direction of Joshua Gersen, with conducting assistance from retired East Islip orchestra director Susan W. Rydzeski and current East Islip wind ensemble director Christopher Neske, the orchestra performed “Mars and Jupiter” from Holst’s “The Planets” as well as Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture. 

“We are so proud of all our All-State and All-County students for their hard work and dedication to their musicianship,” said Dr. Robert J. Wottawa II, the district’s director of art, ENL, music and world languages. “Our students’ accomplishments are a reflection of our teachers’ support and love of teaching, and we cannot thank them enough.”

 

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018