Music and Performing Arts News
 
NYSSMA Dates
 
Please be aware that some of our NYSSMA festival dates have changed since the school district calendar was printed. The dates on the registration form and online calendar are correct. These are our upcoming festivals:
  • Classical Guitar: May 2,3 at Lynbrook HS
  • Levels 1-6 including Voice, All Instruments, Jazz:  May 5,6 at Bethpage HS
  • All State: May 9,10 at Syosset HS 

Guitar Festival

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.

Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Recognized Nationally for Music Education Efforts

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.

 
4 POBJFK Students Accepted to Prestigious Summer Program

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).

 
POBJFK Student Performs Twice at Carnegie Hall 
 
Tenth grade Violinist Gyuri Lee will be playing twice in Carnegie Hall in the next two months.  She won a gold medal in the AADGT Young Artist "Passion for Music" International Music Competition and will be playing the 3rd movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Carnegie's Weill Hall on March 30th.  In addition, Gyuri also won 1st place in the "American Protege' International Music Competition" and will be performing the 1st movement of Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" in Carnegie's Weill Concert Hall on May 10th. Congratulations to Gyuri on her many musical accomplishments, and special thanks to her Orchestra Director, Mr. Glenn
 
 
POB All County Music Students:

 

126 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:

 

H.B. Mattlin Middle School 

Elijah Blum

Band

Trombone

Minkang Choi

Band

Trombone

Minjee Kim

Band

Flute

Joshua Martin

Band

Trombone

Zachariah Samuel

Band

Trombone

Arushi Bhatia

Chorus

Soprano

Lindsay Brenner

Chorus

Alto

Kayla Kirchenberg

Chorus

Soprano

Jake Meyers

Chorus

Alto

Sierra Miles

Chorus

Soprano

Matthew Orgel

Chorus

Alto

Trinity Pascarella

Chorus

Soprano

Jasbina Sabharwal

Chorus

Soprano

Amie Spatz

Chorus

Soprano

Lauren Eterno

Orchestra

Violin

Gabriela Feijoo

Orchestra

Violin

Sara Takahashi

Orchestra

Violin


Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School 

Lauren Brandenstein

Band

Baritone/Euph

Emily Howell

Band

French Horn

Gregory Kies

Band

Alto Sax

Jungin Lee

Band

Bb Clarinet

Evan Ressel

Band

Baritone/Euph

Selin Baytan

Chorus

Alto

Ryan Boody

Chorus

Alto

Ethan Budd

Chorus

Baritone

Christine Chai

Chorus

Alto

Christine Gonzalez

Chorus

Soprano

Cooper Levine

Chorus

Alto

Nicolette Levine

Chorus

Alto

Kevin Lynch

Chorus

Baritone

Laura Newman

Chorus

Alto

Ian O'Neill

Chorus

Baritone

Maxwell Shackman

Chorus

Alto

Emily Stone

Chorus

Alto

Bailey Vader

Chorus

Alto

Katherine Wang

Chorus

Alto

Haley Wynne

Chorus

Alto

Matthew Yoon

Chorus

Alto

Erin Kim

Orchestra

Viola

Joseph Kim

Orchestra

Violin

Justin Kim

Orchestra

Violin

Ryan Kim

Orchestra

Violin

Stanley Kim

Orchestra

Viola

Brian Lee

Orchestra

Violin

Ellisa Lee

Orchestra

Cello

Lauren Park

Orchestra

Double Bass


Plainview-Old Bethpage/JFK High School 

Cassandra Edelstein

Band

Flute

Zachary Goldstein

Band

Bb Clarinet

Robert Gough

Band

Bb Clarinet

Matthew Leo

Band

Timpani

Jordan Rinder

Band

Alto Sax

Gabriel Salzman

Band

Bass Trombone

Tamara Saxman

Band

Flute

Claire Shamul

Band

French Horn

Joshua Wicker

Band

Baritone/Euph

Matthew Wieselthier

Band

Bb Clarinet

Jasmine Anastasiadis

Chorus

Alto

Bailey Bravin

Chorus

Soprano

Bryan Davidson

Chorus

Tenor

Bari Dershowitz

Chorus

Alto

Paige Friedman

Chorus

Alto

Jenna Goerke

Chorus

Alto

Rachel Goerke

Chorus

Alto

Stephanie Handschu

Chorus

Alto

Samuel Howell

Chorus

Baritone

Benna Jacob

Choir

Alto

Berlin Jacob

Chorus

Soprano

Samantha Jessop

Chorus

Alto

Kristin Lunt

Chorus

Alto

Lindsay Paris

Chorus

Soprano

Natalie Towba

Chorus

Soprano

Elizabeth Varghese

Chorus

Alto

Megan Wolyniec

Chorus

Soprano

Channin Amelia

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Alexandra Baker

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Nicole Brenner

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Trisha Chabria

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Michael Clinton

Mixed Chorus

Bass

Matthew Dershowitz

Mixed Chorus

Baritone

Nicole Faraci

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Matthew Goldman

Mixed Chorus

Baritone

Emory Granat

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Jordan Hecht

Mixed Chorus

Baritone

Giselle Hernandez

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Jennie Kang

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Grace Kim

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Brandon Kurnit

Mixed Chorus

Tenor

Matthew Kurnit

Mixed Chorus

Baritone

Sydney Kurnit

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Alyssa Lubrano

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Jaymie Lunt

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Andrew Miller

Mixed Chorus

Tenor

Samuel Miller

Mixed Chorus

Baritone

Dana Osborn

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Gabrielle Picard

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Alexander Resnick

Mixed Chorus

Tenor

Ethan Scherrer

Mixed Chorus

Bass

Jason Sims

Mixed Chorus

Baritone

Julia Sternberg

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Emma Taubenfeld

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Olena Trojanowski

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Julia Tsvyakh

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Athina Vrosgou

Mixed Chorus

Alto

Amanda Wittels

Mixed Chorus

Alto

David Gallub

Orchestra

Snare Drum

Harrison Hahn

Orchestra

Snare Drum

Amanda Hedgecock

Orchestra

Violin

Courtney Hedgecock

Orchestra

Cello

Crystal Kim

Orchestra

Cello

Aaron Knoll

Orchestra

Trumpet/Cornet

Gyuri Lee

Orchestra

Violin

Benjamin Ozur

Orchestra

Trumpet/Cornet

Michelle Shin

Orchestra

Cello

Sabrina Song

Orchestra

Violin

Justin Tung

Orchestra

Violin

Irene Constantinidis

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Gabriela DeOliviera

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Gabrielle Dworkin

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Emma Gold

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Amanda Goldstein

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Melanie Hornstein

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Elana Laster

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Carly Schindler

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Sydney Schwartz

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Samantha Seidita

Women's Chorus

Soprano

Jessica Senzer

Women's Chorus

Soprano

 

 

 
 
Friends of the Library Recital

 

Music students from Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK HS performed in the 15th Annual Friends of the Library Recital at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Sunday, November 3. The performance included selections of vocal, piano and guitar music, as well as some Chinese Zither selections and a Chinese Yo-Yo performance by students from the Plainview Chinese Cultural Center. The recital was dedicated to the memory of Friends of the Library member Rosemary Stewart. Special thanks to our dedicated students who love to share their talent with the community!

 
 
Marching Band - Newsday

 

The POBJFK HS Marching Band gave an outstanding performance at the 51st annual Newsday Marching Band Festival on Tuesday evening, October 15 at the Hofstra University Stadium. This festival is a wonderful opportunity for high school marching bands from across Long Island to showcase their halftime show that is normally performed at football games. The marching band was led by Band Director Jerry Loeb, and his assistants: Neil Wallowitz, Pamela Basile, and Brett Colangelo.  The marching band was joined by the JFK Flag Line under the direction of Elizabeth Christie. Drum majors Andrew Hasher, Nicolette Almer and Gregory Kantor conducted the performance.  Congratulations to all of our marching band students on a job well done.

 

Video of the POB performance can be found at:

 

http://www.newsday.com/services/programs/marching-bands/2013-newsday-marching-band-festival-day-1-videos-1.6262306?offset=2

 
 
 
LISFA - Four students were selected to the 2013 LISFA secondary festival which will be hosted at POB Middle School on November 15-17. Congratulations to the following students:
 

POBMS:

Julia Park, violin

 

POBJFK:

Sophia Park, violin

Jeffrey Song, violin

Max Naftol, bass

 

POBJFK Student Amanda Hedgecock Honored for Excellence in Violin

 
 

Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) senior Amanda Hedgecock was recently selected into the National High School Honors Orchestra based upon her excellence in playing the violin. She will perform at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) national conference in Louisville, Kentucky in March 2014. Amanda was one of only 100 students nationwide selected for this prestigious group from grades 11 and 12. 

 
2013 All State Music

 

23 POBJFK students were selected to All-State Music this year, sixteen into ensembles and seven as alternates. This achievement recognizes these students as some of the finest musicians in New York State. This is an incredible accomplishment for our district, and reflects a high level of student performance at the 2013 NYSSMA All State Solo Festival. Students who have been assigned to ensembles will be performing at the NYSSMA All State Conference in Rochester, NY in December.

 

Congratulations to all of our All State students and their Music Teachers: Jerry Loeb, Glenn Rubin and Adam Paltrowitz.

 

List of All-State Music students:

 

Amanda Goldstein,Women’s Chorus

Grace Kim, Women’s Chorus

Elana Laster, Women’s Chorus

Julia Tsvyakh, Women’s Chorus

Crystal Kim, Symphony Orchestra

Aaron Knoll, Symphonic Band

Gabriel Salzman, Symphonic Band

Amanda Hedgecock, String Orchestra

Nicole Brenner, Mixed Chorus

Michael Clinton, Mixed Chorus

Irene Constantinidis, Mixed Chorus

Emory Granat, Mixex Chorus

Andrew Hasher, Mixed Chorus

Jara Jacobson, Mixed Chorus

Alyssa Lubrano, Mixed Chorus

Andrew Miller, Mixed Chorus
Benjamin Ozur, Wind Ensemble 

Alexander Resnick, Mixed Chorus

Alexandra Baker, Chorus Alternate

Matthew Goldman, Chorus Alternate

Harrison Hahn, Percussion Alternate

Maxwell Naftol, Orchestra Alternate

Dana Osborn, Chorus Alternate

 
Four POB ensembles participated in the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Major Organization Festival, May 20-22 at Hofstra University.

 

At the NYSSMA Festival, each group performs three selections for two adjudicators who hold special certification to be major ensemble adjudicators. The groups are assessed on tone, intonation, technique, accuracy, interpretation and other musical elements. In addition to a medal rating, students and teachers receive valuable comments about their performance.

 

This year’s participating groups and awards were as follows:

 

POB JFK Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Glenn Rubin – Level 6 Gold with Distinction

POB JFK String Orchestra, Mr. Glenn Rubin – Level 6 Gold with Distinction

Mattlin MS 5th/6th Grade Band, Mrs. Karen Bernstein – Level 2 Gold

POBMS/MMS Combined 7th/8th Grade Chorus, Mrs. Amanda Gundling – Level 2 Silver

 

Congratulations to our music teachers and their students!

 
 

 

 
Music Department

Joshua Golbert,
Director of Music
phone: 516-937-6406 
fax: 516-937-9431 
 
Bonnie McGowan,
516-937-6406
 
 
Miranda Dunat,
516-349-4789

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.