Music and Performing Arts News

Marching Band - Newsday

 The POBJFK HS Marching Band gave an outstanding performance at the annual Newsday Marching Band Festival on Tuesday evening, October 19 at Mitchell Field in Uniondale. 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: Karen Bernstein, Glenn Chiarello, and Neil Wallowitz.  The marching band was joined by the JFK Flag Line under the direction of Kerri Cavanagh. Drum Majors Stephanie Stern, Matthew Costanza, and Vincent Tung conducted the performance. Congratulations to all of our marching band students on a wonderful job.

 Video of the POB performance can be found at:


All National Music

Four POBJFK students were selected to All-National Music this year. This achievement recognizes these students as some of the finest musicians in the country. This is an incredible accomplishment for our district, and reflects the students’ high level of student performance at the 2015 NYSSMA All State Solo Festival. These students will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee in October to rehearse with world renowned conductors and perform at the Grand Ole Opry House with other outstanding students from around the country.

Congratulations to all of our All National students and their Music Teachers: Glenn Rubin and Adam Paltrowitz.

The students are:

Gyuri Lee, Orchestra

Jason Kimmel, Chorus
Natalie Towba, Chorus
Ingoo Kang, Chorus 


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.”

POB All County 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:

Mattlin Middle School:
Elijah Blum Band Trombone
Derek Futterman Band French Horn
Minjee Kim Band Flute
Joshua Martin Band Trombone
Lexi Weiner Band Snare Drum
Scott Barsky Chorus Baritone
Arushi Bhatia Chorus Soprano
Lindsay Brenner Chorus Alto
Jenna Fabiano Chorus Soprano
Jessica Klein Chorus Soprano
Jonah Lerman Chorus Baritone
Sofia Nargentino Chorus Soprano
Matthew Orgel Chorus Alto
Alyssa Reifer Chorus Soprano
Jenna Robinson Chorus Alto
Benjamin Ross Chorus Soprano
Amie Spatz Chorus Soprano
Tomas Theocharidis Chorus Soprano
Lily Adinolfi Orchestra Violin
Julia Eterno Orchestra Double Bass
Lauren Eterno Orchestra Violin
POB Middle School:
Emily Howell Band French Horn
Evan Ressel Band Baritone/Euph
Christine Chai Chorus Soprano
Lindsay Jacobson Chorus Alto
Cooper Levine Chorus Baritone
Alexis Marchesano Chorus Alto
Emily Munayirji Chorus Alto
Jocelyn Rabinowitz Chorus Alto
Brianna Rogers Chorus Alto
Abigail Ruthen Chorus Alto
Alanna Savino Chorus Alto
Max Shackman Chorus Alto
Emily Stone Chorus Alto
Joana Thomson Chorus Alto
Gursimran Vasir Chorus Alto
Harry Watkin-Fox Chorus Alto
Haley Wynne Chorus Alto
Michelle Yang Chorus Alto
Erin Kim Orchestra Viola
Justin Kim Orchestra Violin
Ryan Kim Orchestra Violin
Stanley Kim Orchestra Viola
Brian Lee Orchestra Violin
Christine Lee Orchestra Cello
Christopher Shin Orchestra Viola
Arnav Surjan Orchestra Violin
Hephzibah Yoo Orchestra Violin
POBJFK High School: 
David Baker Band Tenor Sax
Mingkang Choi Band Trombone
David Gallub Band Mallets
Zachary Goldstein Band Bb Clarinet
Robert Gough Band Bb Clarinet
Michael Gustafson Band Trumpet/Cornet
Jungin Lee Band Bb Clarinet
Adam Slomovitz Band Trumpet/Cornet
Vincent Tung Band Bb Clarinet
Joshua Wicker Band Baritone/Euph
Matthew Wieselthier Band Bb Clarinet
Julia Anton Chorus Alto
Stephanie Casale Chorus Alto
Ralph Choi Chorus Tenor
Abigail DeFilippis Chorus Soprano
Bari Dershowitz Chorus Soprano
Amy Elbogen Chorus Alto
Kristen Girschick Chorus Alto
Jamie Goerke Chorus Alto
Rachel Goerke Chorus Soprano
Mara Hornstein Chorus Alto
Samuel Howell Chorus Bass
Max Kuster Chorus Bass
Jennifer Lancaster Chorus Alto
Jacob Levine Chorus Tenor
Kevin Lynch Chorus Bass
Brianna Mendelson Chorus Alto
Jake Meyers Chorus Tenor
Ian O'Neill Chorus Bass
Jessica Palasciano Chorus Soprano
Lexi Pinnata Chorus Soprano
Jayme Schrank Chorus Alto
Nicole Schwartzberg Chorus Alto
Mili Shah Chorus Alto
Dimitra Vrosgou Chorus Alto
Laura Yacuk Chorus Soprano
Denise Zorer Chorus Alto
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
Courtney Hedgecock Orchestra Cello
Andrew Kim Orchestra Violin
Crystal Kim Orchestra Cello
Allison Kwon Orchestra Cello
Angelina Lee Orchestra Violin
Jungmin Lee Orchestra Cello
Alice Oh Orchestra Cello
Gabriel Salzman Orchestra Bass Trombone
Michelle Shin Orchestra Cello
Jeffrey Song Orchestra Violin
Eftichia Xenakis Orchestra Viola
Chamber Music Ensemble Eastern Standard to perform free community recital at Mattlin Middle School on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm. For more information please click below:

All National and All State Music 

POB has three students participating in the NAFME All National Music Festival this week, with representation from Orchestra, Band and Chorus:


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!

Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School Student Selected to Learn from World-Renowned Concert Pianist

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.


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 Rubin.
Music Department

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

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.