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Prodell Middle School string students perform at SCMEA Festival

Five Middle School string musicians were selected to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association Festival recently held at Mount Sinai High School.

After two days of rehearsals, the students, eighth-grader Natalie Acker (bass), seventh-graders Shiqi Cheng (viola) and Sean Dany (violin), and sixth-graders Kathryn Winters and Alex Zhang (violins) performed a concert with other selected students from throughout Suffolk County.

“We are all so proud of the hard work each of these students put in to their music studies,” said music teacher Frederick Volz. “They deserve the honor for all of their efforts and talents.”

The students were selected based on New York State School Music Association scores and Volz’ recommendations.

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WRES students raise their voices at SCMEA All-County Festival

Thirteen students will represent Wading River Elementary School at this year’s Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County Festival at Central Islip High School on Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

Following three days of rehearsals at Mount Sinai High School, fifth-graders Emma Granshaw, Katherine Grzymala, Samantha Murtha, Megan Ruta and Hannah Scotto will sing in the SCMEA East Division I concert alongside the best student vocalists in Suffolk County in grades 5 and 6. Orchestra students Siena Faragasso, Elizabeth Finter, Kerrin McGuire, Katelyn Schaefer and Cameron Sheedy and Band students Abigail Haverty, Sal Meli and Sophia Stadler will also perform.

These exceptional young musicians were selected based on past performances and teacher recommendation.

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Fifth-graders perform at Long Island String Festival

Eleven fifth-grade students from Wading River Elementary School showcased their exceptional talents at the Long Island String Festival Association concert, recently held at Northport High School.

Students Andrew Costello, Siena Faragasso, Elizabeth Finter, Yiya Hu, Kerrin McGuire, Johanna Ochsenfeld, Caroline Panasci, Damian Perez, Cameron Sheedy, Katie Schaefer and Sophia Stadler were selected to perform in the prestigious concert.

These students were selected for this honor along with others from across Suffolk County on a competitive basis with New York State School Music Association scores as the main criteria along with teacher recommendations.

“On behalf of our District, we congratulate and celebrate all these accomplished musicians,” said Wading River Elementary School Principal Louis Parrinello.

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A musical experience for Prodell students

Four students from Albert G. Prodell Middle School will represent the district’s exceptional music program as participants at the Long Island String Festival Association’s intermediate concert to be held at Northport-East Northport High School from Jan. 26-28.

Sixth-grader Alex Zhang will perform on violin under the direction of conductor Steve Fayette, who retired from Shoreham-Wading River’s music faculty in 2015. Seventh-graders Shiqi Cheng (viola) and Ben Panasci (double bass) and eighth-grader Natalie Acker (double bass) will work with Kenneth Jernigan, a world-traveled music educator and skilled leader who has guest conducted numerous music festivals on all levels throughout the Northeast and Florida. The students were selected to perform based on their New York State School Music Association scores and teacher recommendations.

Middle School music teacher Frederick Volz is excited for the students’ participation, which is an outstanding accomplishment that allows them to experience working with other highly talented young string musicians and continue their musical development.

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High School Students Share the Gift of Music

Members of the High School Tri-M Music Honor Society visited the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook and the Little Flower School in Wading River to spread cheer and perform music for the residents and students.

The student-musicians had the opportunity to interact with the residents at the Veterans Home and learn about their lives and service. At the Little Flower School, all the students collaborated and learned how to perform a song on handbells.

A program of the National Association for Music Education, which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy, Tri-M is the only national honor society for student musicians in secondary schools.

According to Ashley O’Connor, music teacher and chapter advisor, SWR chapter’s goal is to inspire and recognize musical achievement in the school music department.

High School inducts 47 students into inaugural Tri-M Music Honor Society

Shoreham-Wading River High School has established a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and inducted 47 members at a ceremony and reception on Sept. 18.
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education, which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only national honor society for student musicians in secondary schools.

According to Ashley O’Connor, music teacher and chapter advisor, SWR chapter’s goal is to inspire and recognize musical achievement in the school music department.

In addition to writing a music-inspired essay, students must perform a New York State School Music Association Level 3 or higher solo for the high school music faculty. They must also maintain a minimum average of 90 in music classes and an overall GPA of 80. Inductees were also required to participate in one the high school’s music ensembles – band, orchestra, chorus, jazz band, chamber orchestra or the Vocal Express, the school’s acclaimed a capella group.

The following students are the inaugural inductees of the SWR Tri-M Music Honor Society:

Hannah Anuszewski
Kelly Beagen
Ashley Buro
Brett Callagy
Caleigh Capek
Victoria Coman
Jack Crowley
Cooper Cummings
Lindsay Deegan
Grace DelSeni
Vanessa DeRosso
DesiEmmanuel Desire
Eric DiLisio
Natalie Epp
Jack Flatley
Brennan Gorman
Jacqueline Holden
Andrew Honold
Rose Honold
Alexa Ibrahim
Madisyn King
Nicole Klein
Julianna Kohlus
Alexander Kravchenko
Francesca Lilly
Joshua Louser
Elisabeth Mallon
Nicholas Mango
Kerry Mannix
Sophia Mastrangelo
Arianna McMorris
Alexandra Meli
Gabriella Meli
Carley Nicoletti
Ryan Nowak
Margaret Panasci
Kendall Pluschau
Zachary Roff
Stephanie Searing
Brianna Scholl
Michelle Steimel
Anna Strack
Joshua Stumm
Alice VanWickler
William Wells
Christopher Wygonik
Tyler Wynkoop

Students in grades 9-12 will be eligible to apply in the spring of 2018 to join this elite group.





SWR HS musicians selected for coveted festivals

Four students from Shoreham-Wading River High School have been selected to perform in the 2017 New York State School Music Association’s All-State Festival. The event will take place at the Rochester Convention Center in Rochester, New York, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

Selected to perform are Jack Flatley, voice, Alexandra Meli, vocal jazz, Christopher Wygonik, double bass, and Justin Stuart, voice, as an alternate.

Additionally, eight students from the District were selected as All-County musicians. They are Brett Callagy, viola, Jack Flatley, voice, Julianna Kohlus, french horn, Kerry Mannix, voice, Alexandra Meli, tuba, Ryan Nowak, voice, Justin Stuart, voice, and Christopher Wygonik, trombone. They will perform at a concert at Hauppauge High School on Friday, Nov. 17.

“We are all proud of these talented students,” said Shoreham-Wading River High School Music Coordinator David Minelli. “This honor is a testament to their dedication to the field of music.”

The rigorous process for selecting All-State and All-County musicians includes teacher recommendations, audition scores at the NYSSMA solo evaluation festival during the prior spring, and participation in other performing organizations.



String Workshop

High school orchestra students participated in a string workshop about instrument maintenance and repair that was led by Charles Rufino, Long Island Violin Shop Owner and Monica Behler, education coordinator on May 31. 

“The speakers provided valuable information to students about how string instruments are made and how to properly clean and care for them,” said Ashley O’Connor, orchestra teacher.

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Student Musicians Excel at NYSSMA

Over 300 Shoreham-Wading River School District student-musicians participated in the New York State Music Association Solo/Ensemble Festival on May 13 and 14 at Eastport-South Manor High School.

During the festival, the students in grades second through 12th performed solos for a trained NYSSMA adjudicator and received comments and a grade.    

“The results were outstanding,” said music teacher David Minelli. “Congratulations to all our students for their diligence in preparing their solos and to the parents for their support of music education.”


Orpheus Ensemble Performs

The high school’s select string quartet, the Orpheus Ensemble, entertained an audience at the Suffolk County High School Principals Association’s Senior Leadership Luncheon on April 26. The student performers, Joseph Desiderio, Mackenzie Zajac, Brett Callagy and Alexandra Meli, performed several selections as guests arrived and during lunch services. Alexandra Meli also sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. This is one of the many community events that the Orpheus Ensemble performs at throughout the year.  

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A Day of Strings

Two High School student-musicians recently participated in String Day at the Long Island University Post campus on April 8. During the event, Grace DelSeni and Stephanie Searing attended master classes instructed by LIU music faculty members, learned about audition preparation and sight read music in a group reading session. 

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All-Eastern Singer

For his outstanding musical abilities, Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Rohin McIntosh was invited to perform at the prestigious National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Conference in Atlantic City, April 5-8.

Rohin was selected based on his performances at NYSSMA and teacher recommendations. This is not the first time that he has been recognized for his singing talents. In the past, he has been invited to participate in the All-National, All-State and All-County conferences.

Rohin has been participating in chorus since the fifth grade and was first introduced to singing by his mother, who is a classical Indian singer. In addition to his vocal abilities, McIntosh is a classical pianist and participates in his school’s Vocal Express a capella group and school thespian performances.

Aside from having musical talent, Rohin is an academic scholar who is a member of his school’s Brainstormers and Mathleetes teams and varsity tennis team. He is also an Eagle Scout.

In the fall, Rohin will attend Princeton University to study biophysics and math with a possible minor in music.     

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All-County Musicians

Seven Wading River Elementary School students Cara Kluepfer, Shayne Hughes, Emily Murray, Maggie Parkin, Sydney Serio, Eve VanWickler and Alex Zhang were selected to perform in the prestigious SCMEA Festival. The students received the honor based on their NYSSMA solo performances and teacher recommendations.

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Shoreham-Wading River Central School District
Saturday, April 21, 2018