POB Hosts the Long Island String Festival Association Rehearsals and Concert
Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School hosted the Long Island String Festival Association Secondary Festival on November 14-16. Two hundred and eighty outstanding grade 8-12 string students from 50 school districts and private schools in Nassau County gathered together for two days of rehearsal with guest conductors Mr. Todd Parish and Dr. David Rudge. The event culminated with a concert on Sunday for family and friends. Hosting this festival was truly a team effort and would not have been possible without the help of our POBMS custodial staff, Tri-M Music Honor Society students, MAPOB (Music Association of Plainview-Old Bethpage), Joshua Golbert (District Director of Music), the POB Music Teachers, and of course the entire LISFA team.
LISFA President Jacqueline Martin said: “LISFA is celebrating its 59th year, with 3 festivals in Nassau county each year. POB MS is a wonderful facility to use for LISFA due to its large size, easy access and wonderful support from Joshua Golbert, Director of Music and Performing Arts, and his staff of dedicated music teachers like Mr. Rubin, Ms. Ashley and Mr. Geluso who helped the festival run so smoothly.”
POB Director of Music said, “It is a pleasure and honor to host an incredible music festival like this, which brings together some of the county’s most talented students for a wonderful weekend of music.”
134 POB students were selected to the Nassau Educators Music Association All County Music Festival this year! These are incredible numbers for our district.
The students were selected based on teacher recommendations, and high NYSSMA Solo Festival scores. They will be rehearsing with other outstanding music students from across the county, culminating with a performance at the Tilles Center in January. Congratulations to all of our outstanding music students and their teachers.
The complete list of students:
|Derek Futterman||Band||French Horn|
|Lexi Weiner||Band||Snare Drum|
|Julia Eterno||Orchestra||Double Bass|
|Emily Howell||Band||French Horn|
|David Baker||Band||Tenor Sax|
|Zachary Goldstein||Band||Bb Clarinet|
|Robert Gough||Band||Bb Clarinet|
|Jungin Lee||Band||Bb Clarinet|
|Vincent Tung||Band||Bb Clarinet|
|Matthew Wieselthier||Band||Bb Clarinet|
|Jasmine Anastasiadis||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Alexandra Baker||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Nicky Brenner||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Amelia Channin||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Irene Constantinidis||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Gabriela DeOliveira||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Gabrielle Dworkin||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Nikki Faraci||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Paige Friedman||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Sherin George||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Jenna Goerke||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Emma Gold||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Amanda Goldstein||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Emory Granat||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Stephanie Handschu||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Jessica Hauser||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Melanie Hornstein||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Ingoo Kang||Mixed Chorus||Bass|
|Matt Kessler||Mixed Chorus||Baritone|
|Brandon Kurnit||Mixed Chorus||Tenor|
|Matthew Kurnit||Mixed Chorus||Bass|
|Sydney Kurnit||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Kristin Lunt||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Sam Miller||Mixed Chorus||Baritone|
|Michelle Morginstin||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Lindsay Paris||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Gabrielle Picard||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Carly Schindler||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Sydney Schwartz||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Samantha Seidita||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Jessica Senzer||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Jason Sims||Mixed Chorus||Tenor|
|Julia Sternberg||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Natalie Towba||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Julia Tsvyakh||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Athina Vrosgou||Mixed Chorus||Alto|
|Megan Wolyniec||Mixed Chorus||Soprano|
|Gabriel Salzman||Orchestra||Bass Trombone|
Gabriel Salzman, band
Crystal Kim, orchestra
Nicole Brenner, chorus
Emory Granat, chorus alternate
Update: Crystal Kim was awarded first chair in the cello section at All National!
This is in addition to 23 students who were selected to All State music :
David Gallub, band
Matthew Leo, band alternate
Alexandra Baker, chorus
David Baker, chorus
Amanda Goldstein, chorus
Emory Granat, chorus
Stephanie Handschu, chorus alternate
Ingoo Kang, chorus
Grace Kim, chorus
Jason Kimmel, chorus alternate
Matthew Kurnit, chorus
Kristin Lunt, chorus
Andrew Miller, chorus
Carly Schindler, chorus alternate
Jessica Senzer, chorus
Natalie Towba, chorus
Athina Vrosgou, chorus
Courtney Hedgecock, orchestra alternate
Andrew Kim, orchestra alternate
Gyuri Lee, orchestra alternate
Jungmin Lee, orchestra alternate
Alice Oh, orchestra alternate
Michelle Shin, orchestra alternate
Congratulations to these students and their teachers!
Sixth Grader Harold Watkin-Fox to Attend “101 Pianists” Master Class and Performance
Plainview-Old Bethpage School District's Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School sixth grader Harold Watkin-Fox is one of 100 students chosen from a pool of applicants from New York State to participate in the 101 Pianists event to be held on October 26, 2014. Harold Watkin-Fox will participate in a master class with internationally renowned concert pianist Lang Lang, where he will enjoy first-hand experience playing beside a professional pianist. After the class, Harold will then perform ‘Marche Militaire No. 1’ and Mozart’s ‘Rondo all Turca’ with fellow recipients for a concert at the Tilles Center.
The Lang Lang Foundation is a prestigious organization that aims to inspire and motivate the next generation of classical music lovers and performers, and to encourage music performance at all levels as a means of social development for youth, building self-confidence and a drive for excellence.
19 students from the POBJFK Guitar Program performed at the 22nd Annual Long Island Guitar Festival at the Tilles Center at LIU Post University on April 3. The students gave a wonderful performance to an enthusiastic audience, and also attended a master class given by world renowned classical guitarist Paul Cesarczyk. Congratulations to our students, and thank you to our guitar teacher Mr. Dentrone for preparing the students and bringing them to this festival.
The NAMM Foundation has recognized the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. POB joins 376 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2014.
In its 15th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.
The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.
“The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District has a long and proud history of excellence in music education,” said Joshua Golbert, Director of Music and Performing Arts. “This designation shines a spotlight on our wonderful students and teachers, and demonstrates the continued support of our Board of Education, Administration, and community.”
As POB finalizes its 2014–2015 budgets, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of school’s core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.
The Best Communities for Music Education program plays an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to make music education part of the core curriculum assuring that the benefits of music making are available to every child. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, lower disciplinary action and keep kids in schools.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage school district has a long history of outstanding music instruction, and features a comprehensive K-12 music program. The students are well represented in county, state, and national honors ensembles, and have consistently performed at the highest levels at NYSSMA and other evaluation festivals. The program features band, orchestra, choral, general music and jazz programs, as well as a marching band, and programs in guitar and music theory. In addition to all of these courses, students have many opportunities to perform in smaller chamber music and vocal “a cappella” settings, as well as musical theater productions.
POBJFK Violinist Performs as Soloist with the Island Chamber Symphony
Twelfth grade violinist Amanda Hedgecock recently won the Concert Festival Concerto Competition and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Island Chamber Symphony, conducted by Jeremy Kempton at St. Paul's Church in Glen Cove on Sunday, March 16th. In addition, Amanda participated in the National High School Honors Orchestra hosted by the American String Teachers Association at their annual convention in Louisville, Kentucky in March, as well as the NYSSMA All State String Orchestra which performed in Rochester in December. We congratulate Amanda on her many musical accomplishments. Special thanks to her Orchestra Director, Mr. Glenn Rubin.
Cellist Crystal Kim (11th grade), percussionist Matthew Leo (10th grade), violist Jessica Herman (10th grade) and bassist Max Naftol (11th grade) auditioned for and were accepted into the prestigious New York State Summer School of the Arts, which will take place this summer in Saratoga, NY where they will study with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Congratulations to these students and their teachers, Mr. Rubin (orchestra) and Mr. Loeb (band).
Director of Music
|On behalf of the staff and students of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, I welcome you to the POB District Music home page. In addition to providing up to date information on our district concerts and musical events, we will be providing you with details on the various festivals (NYSSMA Evaluation, NMEA All-County, LISFA, etc.) which our students are involved in. |