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LISFA Intermediate Musicians Chosen

Twenty Great Neck Public School students were selected for the 2017-18 Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Orchestras, Intermediate Division (grades 5, 6, and 7-8). This musical experience, to be held in March 2018, brings together Long Island’s highly talented, young string musicians. Students are selected for the LISFA Orchestra based on their level and score at the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Festival held last year. They must also participate in their school orchestra. These students help to inspire all students in the district’s instrumental music program. LISFA participants are taught by Matthew Trinkwald, at North Middle; Alan Schwartz, at South Middle; Anne Fogarty, at Baker; and Juan Garcia, at Lakeville.

LISFA Grades 6-8 participants from North Middle School - Violinists Julia Huang, Jason Mei, and David Zeng, and Violist Alex Sun.

Grad 6-8 participants from South Middle School - Violinists Laura An, Deirdre Chan, Tiffany Chen, Bethany Cho, Drew Kim, Elizabeth Levine, Josephine Soong, Jansen Wong, Joy Yang, and Richard Zhuang; and Violists Sebastian Lennox and Dana Siong Sin.

Grade 5 participants - Violinists Kattie Huang and Alston Leung, and Violist Lauren Siong Sin, from Baker School; and Violinist Samuel Fisk, from Lakeville School.


Additional Student Selected for LISFA

Grace Luo, a freshman at South High School, originally selected as a Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Alternate has been placed into the LISFA orchestra, Secondary Division, grades 9-10. She will play violin II. Grace will be joining previously announced South High grades 9-10 participants, all violinists: Jaehyn Kim, Oliver Lee, Eujin Ra, Mia Wang, and Ann Zhang. South High LISFA participants are taught by Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/director of instrumental music.


North High Musicians To Perform at Benefit Concert

North High School musicians have been invited to perform at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) Holiday Concert to benefit music education programs. The Concert will be held at the NYCB Theater at Westbury (960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury), on Sunday, Nov. 19, beginning at 2 p.m.

The North High String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Choir, made up of 99 student musicians, will perform Oratorio de Noel (final movement: Quintette et Choeur), Op. 12, by Camille Saint Saens, and Satchmo! (a medley that will include: “What A Wonderful World,” “When The Saints Go Marching In,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Hello, Dolly!”), by Ted Ricketts. Satchmo! is being presented as a tribute to LIMHoF member Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and will feature a special surprise guest. Students will be under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music director, and Dr. Pamela Levy, choral music director/fine and performing arts department head.

Also performing at the Concert will be top music students from Herricks Jazz Ensemble, Oyster Bay Wind Ensemble, and Uniondale Show Choir.

Tickets for the Holiday Concert are $25, and are available at or at

LIMHoF is dedicated to recognizing the significant achievements of musicians who were born on Long Island or spent a significant part of their careers here. The organization also supports music education on Long Island with Educator of Note and special recognitions, scholarships for music students, and a new mobile music museum designed for school visits. Last year, LIMHoF named North High School a High School Music Program of Excellence, and also presented Mr. Rutkowski with their Music Educator of Note Award.


North High Tri-M Helps Hurricane Victims

Not resting on their laurels after being named the 2017 Tri-M Chapter of the Year, Senior Division, North High School’s Tri-M Chapter 2605 continues with its commitment to the community through fundraising events. This school year, Tri-M has already held three fundraising events to assist victims of recent disastrous hurricanes. At two bake sales and at their Tri-M Dinner, they raised close to $800. Tri-M officers play an integral part in all of the music honor society’s activities which, in addition to fundraising, include performing at hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities; hosting NYSSMA festivals; and presenting before-school Lobby Concerts. Tri-M officers are: Co-President Keva Li, Co-President Elana Xu, Co-President Isabel Yang, Vice President for Bass Maintenance Berk Soykan, Vice President for Brass Maintenance Daniel Itzkowitz, Vice President for Cello Maintenance Aral Soykan, Vice President for Chapter of the Year App Amie Adjakple, Vice President for Library System Transfer Christopher Matos Suero, Vice President for Percussion Maintenance Samuel Calto, Vice President for Video Recording System Michael Cohenmehr, Vice President for Viola Maintenance Rachel You, Vice President for Web Scanning Christopher Lu, Vice President for Web Site Jeremy Bernstein, Vice President for 218 Service Adam Tsou, Secretary for Chapter Service Kayla Yousefzadeh, Treasurer Daniel Zeng, and Public Relations Officer Joosung (Joshua) Kim. Tri-M faculty advisor is Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music director.


Art Teacher Named NAWA Member

Rosemary Sloggatt, art teacher at Saddle Rock School, will soon become a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). She was selected for this honor through a competitive, juried selection process. The induction ceremony, which will be held on Nov. 9, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea, also includes a new members’ exhibit at the NAWA Gallery (15 West 39th Street, NYC). The exhibit will remain up until Nov. 29. Ms. Sloggatt will have three pieces of art--“Awakening,” “Déjuener,” and “Smoke”--on display at the new member’s exhibit. NAWA is the oldest women’s fine art organization in the country, open to all women artists 18 years of age and older who are US citizens or permanent residents. There are three categories of membership: regular juried, associate, and student artists. NAWA describes itself as “a vibrant community of professional women artists that strives to support its members, and women artists at large, through exhibitions, programs, and education.”