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Additional Student Selected for All-State

Fiona Lyngstad-Hughes, a junior at South High School, originally selected as a New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Music Conference Alternate has been placed into the All-State Treble Chorus, Soprano II. A treble chorus is made up of sopranos and altos. Fiona will join South's previously announced musicians selected for All-State: Michelle Xing, Eric Yang, and Asia Zhang.


LISFA Musicians Chosen

Seven Great Neck Public School high school students were selected for the 2017-18 Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) orchestras, Secondary Division. This division encompasses students in two groupings, grades 9-10 and grades 11-12. The LISFA musical experience brings together Long Island's highly talented, young string musicians. Students were selected for LISFA 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 Joseph Rutkowski, at North High and by Michael Schwartz, at South High.

LISFA Secondary Grades 9-10 participants from North High School - Jeremy Bernstein (cello) and Nina Phillips (violin).

LISFA Secondary Grades 9-10 participants, all violinists, from South High School - Jaehyn Kim, Oliver Lee, Eujin Ra, Mia Wang, and Ann Zhang.

LISFA Secondary Grades 11-12 participants from South High School - Deep Datta (violin), Chloe Metz (violin), Justin Kwong (cello), and Ethan Wang (violin).


South High Piano Recital

South High School will present its 12th Annual Piano Recital on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the school's Music Suite (choral room 306), 341 Lakeville Road. This Recital gives the talented students in the Advanced Piano Class, as well as other student pianists, the opportunity to perform in public. Students will play classical pieces from the standard piano repertoire. The event is free and the public is warmly welcomed. For additional information, please contact Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head, at (516) 441-4851, or at


Students Participated in Summer Music Programs

North High School sophomore Jeremy Bernstein and recent grads Lauren Goldsamt and Sofia Notar-Francesco all participated in selective or competitive, audition-based music programs over the summer.

Jeremy Bernstein

Jeremy Bernstein - who plays the cello, was a member of the School of Orchestral Studies, part of the New York State Summer School of the Arts. He received the Nassau Music Educators Association Durrell Blank Scholarship to attend the program that was held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, at Skidmore College. Jeremy joined some 90 other public and private high school musicians from schools throughout the state. In the month-long program, he studied and rehearsed with world-class musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also received coaching in small groups and in sectional rehearsals. Jeremy currently is a member of the orchestra and chamber music society at North. He organized a cello ensemble and conducts rehearsals twice a week, after school. Last year, Jeremy was selected for All-County Orchestra.

Lauren Goldsamt

Lauren Goldsamt - currently a freshman at Oberlin College & Conservatory where she is a music and English major, plays the violin. She was selected for the String Studies at NYU Steinhardt. The program provided advanced performance training, related academic study, private lessons with celebrated musicians, and performance opportunities within New York City, including solo recitals and repertory orchestras. At North High, Lauren was a member of the orchestra and was also selected for All-County Orchestra.

Sofia Notar-Francesco

Sofia Notar-Francesco - attended the Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, located in Wheatly Heights, NY. While at Usdan, she not only took classes, but also taught them. She participated in an interactive and hands-on program that allowed students to concentrate on a single discipline while also exploring multiple disciplines. This was perfect for Sofia as she excels as a violist and also as an alto singer. Last year, she was chosen for All-County Chorus. At North, Sofia was principal violist in the orchestra and a member of the chorus. She is currently a freshman at Syracuse University where she is a music education major.