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    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School

     

     

    2018 NH Alum and Journalism Major at GW Alec Rich wrote a comprehensive article about his feelings towards room 218 

    click here to read the article

    portrait of room 218

     

    Visual painting of room 218 by Karen Lin ('08), Ellen Xu ('16), Sarah Tang ('17) and Xiomara Trinidad Perez ('21)

     

    Karen Lin                                                                               Karen and her Mom visit room 218 in 2018

    Karen Lin's Air on a G String   karen and mom

     

    Ellen Xu and Lauren Goldsamt in room 218 with Ellen's Portrait of Lauren in room 218

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    Sarah Tang's Sunset in room 218             Sarah poses with Elaine Zhang and Sara Chitsaz

    sarah        tang

     

    Xiomara Trinidad Perez

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    How did Rutkowski wind up at Great Neck North?

    When Superintendent Bill Shine, Instrumental Director Earl Higgins, NH Principal Carol Clarke and NM Principal Pat Sullivan came to observe me teach 3 classes at Stuyvesant HS on May 22, 1991, they were seeing a young teacher who was supervised and observed every day for 8 years by Max Watras. And I was able to observe him teaching every day for those 8 years. The Stuy principal Abe Baumel did everything he could do to protect me as a new teacher from being bounced in favor of the older teachers (with seniority) in the NYC Public Schools who wanted to teach at Stuyvesant.  Phys Ed AP Mike Moskowitz invited me to coach the bowling team to give me another arsenal of experience. Administrative AP Murray Kahn hired me to be the Examination Coordinator, which gave me priceless practice of supervising the 200 teachers who proctored during the examination periods.

    What Shine, Higgins, Clarke and Sullivan saw that day was a young teacher with the most wealthy accumulation of skills to rebuild a music program at Great Neck North.

    01 Dr. William A Shine observes Rutkowski teach at Stuyesant HS on May 22 1991 Pd 4 01

    02 Dr. William A Shine observes Rutkowski teach at Stuyesant HS on May 22 1991 pd 4 and 5 02

    My first 5 years in Great Neck was a baptism by fire. Many of the parents wanted to tar and feather me because I was making their kids play scales instead of songs.

    On the first day I taught at GN North High period 9, the band students told me that they didn't want to come to class every day and would not play scales.  On the second day of classes, I tried to teach the period 8 orchestra class of 16 students (almost half of them were woodwind players who didn't want to be in the band) the C major scale so that we could start rehearsing Mozart's Jupiter Symphony.  GNPS Superintent Bill Shine, the tall retired US Marine Colonel walked in and I saw my life pass before my eyes. Here was the coach who just hired a new star quarter and wanted to see him throw some long passes.  The students sounded terrible and we barely got through one octave of the C major scale (ascending only) by the time class ended. Shine came over to me and I thought he was going to say, "Rutkowski, you're fired!" But instead, he said, "You are giving them exactly what they need: discipline."  When I told him that half the band in the next period wanted to drop, he offered to speak to them.  You can hear what he said:

     

    03 Dr. William A Shine speaks to the period 9 Band on Rutkowski day no. 2 in Great Neck Sept 1991

     

    Dr. Shine would visit room 218 on a regular basis, even after his retirement as GNPS Superintendent. On November 19, 2014, Dr. Shine brought his son to visit North High and marched him up to room 218. I was able to introduce my 9th grade orchestra class to the man that changed my life. You can hear the exchange I had with Dr. Shine and my students:

     

    04 Dr. William A Shine speaks to Rutkowski 9th grade orchestra class at Great Neck NH on Nov 19 2014

    When North Middle Choral Director Denise Eisner retired, Earl made a musical dedication to her at the faculty meeting that Bill attended. Earl arranged a Mozart duet for soprano and baritone from Don Giovanni for two clarinets and piano with Earl, Denise and me playing.

    Earl Higgins Honors Denise Eisner

    Thanks to my new mentors Bill Shine, Earl Higgins, Jeff Schikler, Arlette Sanders, Denise Eisner, Dan Tomaselli, Bernie Kaplan, Patty Hugo, Danny Krauz, Mike Neary, Roger Ames, Neil Saggerson, their encouragement and support was necessary for me to help the student musicians at Great Neck North High School find out how powerful it is to be able to listen to great music discerningly and to make great music.

    John L. Miller’s 90th birthday celebration at Great Neck North High School on  March 23, 1994

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School—John L. Miller’s 90th birthday celebration at Great Neck North High School with speeches by Bill Shine, Grace Warner and others and performances by the North High Musicans led by Roger Ames and Joseph Rutkowski on March 23, 1994

    https://youtu.be/PzI0tyqSykMhttps://youtu.be/PzI0tyqSykM

     

    John L. Miller and William A. Shine

     

    Lincoln Center 1995 Milhaud Bosworth Gilad Ludwig

     

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School—Great Neck’s first Lincoln Center winning group: Violinist Ronit Gilad, clarinetist Michael Bosworth and pianist Yve Ludwig in a performance of Darius Milhaud’s “Suite” at Alice Tully Hall in spring of 1995.

    https://youtu.be/NPRrsLTy3OY

     

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    Michael Gilbert coaching 04-26-02 Symphonic Band ROB ZAHN DP 6 volumes  

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School—Michael Gilbert coaching 04/26/2002 the North High School Symphony Band

    Rob Zahn Director of Photography 

     

    When Joseph Rutkowski taught at Stuyvesant High School in NY, NY 1983-1991, one of his memorable students in the Stuyvesant HS Orchestra was Jenny Gilbert. Both her parents played in the NY Philharmonic and he brother eventually became the DIRECTOR of the NY Phil!  One day, Jenny told Rutkowski that her father wanted to come and observe the orchestra class. Rutkowski was pretty nervous, but Michael Gilbert with tons of hours of experience playing under the batons of the greatest conductors of all time (Toscanini, Bernstein, etc.) was such an inspiration to him and his students that Rutkowski asked Maestro Gilbert to come to Great Neck when he retired from the NY Phil. He did and these 6 videos demonstrate what a world class experience the student musicians got from spending the day with Michael Gilbert in the spring of 2002

    The Gilbert Family Legacy

     

    Volume 1 Symphonic Band

    https://youtu.be/60ek4BuCIwc

    Volume 2 Survey of Music....notice Jazz Artist Sam Dillon in cass

    https://youtu.be/Sc5o0WoSakM

    Volume 3 Concert Band

    https://youtu.be/7OiZbD8zaXM

    Volume 4 Symphony Orchestra Handel Concerto Grosso

    https://youtu.be/O25QBxSdnRs

    Volume 5 Maestra Lauren-Sarah Carpenter

    https://youtu.be/D-qwLidw0Gw

    Volume 6 Violin Soloist Lauren-Sarah Carpenter

    https://youtu.be/X_72Bt_BJoE

     

    Michael Gilbert in 218

    Michael and Alan

    Lauren-Sarah Carpenter Violin Soloist

    Lauren-Sarah Carpenter, Conductor

     

     

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    Tara Helen OConnor Master class March 19 1998

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School  Tara Helen O'Connor Master class March 19, 1998 Tara Helen O'Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone spanning every musical era. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she is now a season artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A Wm. S. Haynes flute artist, Tara regularly participates in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, the Great Mountains Music Festival, Chesapeake Music Festival and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. We were honored by her appearance to room 218 (and Roger Ames' room 116) on March 18, 1998.

    https://youtu.be/Yot0DFUa80U

     

    Tara Helen O'Connor

     

     

    Jens Nygard Guest Conductor on March 21 2001

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School  

    Jens Nygaard was the enterprising conductor who founded the Jupiter Symphony and built a devoted audience for it. Mr. Nygaard described himself as a maverick outsider -- an Arkansas farm boy who came to New York and spent his life fighting an indifferent musical establishment. His battles began with his altercations with the administration at the Juilliard School in the 1950's. Mr. Nygaard, who was enrolled as a piano student, tried to get into the conducting program, and when he failed to win a place, organized concerts of his own outside the school. During much of his early career he was homeless and slept on park benches or stayed at a friend's unheated apartment in Harlem. Yet during that time, he raised thousands of dollars to help save George Gershwin's birthplace. Mr. Nygaard formed the Jupiter Symphony in 1979 by parlaying enthusiastic reviews into a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. But when the foundation helped assemble a board to raise more money and establish sound business procedures, Mr. Nygaard disbanded the board, insisting that he run the orchestra his own way. For years he raised money to keep the Jupiter going, but it had to disband briefly in 1992. He revived it by using churches instead of concert halls. Room 218 at North High was honored by Maestro Nygaard on March 21, 2001 a few months before he passed away.

     

    https://youtu.be/e6BD8vGP96I

     

    Jens Nygaard

     

     

     

    Lincoln Center Young Musicians Concert 1998 Sean-Avram Carpenter Michael McNabb Debbie Lui

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School   Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Concert

     

    Marc Eychenne - Cantilène & Danse für Violin, Saxophone and Piano

    Sean-Avram Carpenter, Michael McNabb, Debbie Lui

     

    https://youtu.be/8AcYSSzi30g

    Alice Tully Hall

     

    Young Peoples Concert #2 on January 28, 1993 at the E. M. Baker School

     

    1993 at EM Baker School

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School  

    Young Musicians Concert No. 2 Jan 28 1993 at EM Baker School From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School When I first came to Great Neck in 1991, the North High Band had 29 members and the Orchestra had 16. I knew I had to find a way to increase the number of high school students participating in the instrumental music program. It was Saddle Rock Assistant Principal Vic Caliman who called me (in the days before emailing) to ask me what I thought of the idea of bringing the NH Band and Orchestra to Saddle Rock Elementary School to present an assembly concert for the SR students. We picked a date in late May, just before the NH Artfest Concert. I told the high school musicians to dress up like it was the Artfest Concert. When the elementary students of SR saw their older neighbors stepping off the bus and entering their school auditorium wearing tuxedos and gowns, they thought they were being entertained by a professional orchestra like the New York Philharmonic. Indeed, the high school students performed Beethoven and Sibelius on such a high level that--to these children--they even SOUNDED like the NY Phil! I also witnessed the thrill of the high school students when I asked each of them during the assembly to stand up and state their name and the elementary school they attended. The SR teachers were shocked to see how their former students had grown into such mature persons. They hadn’t seen them since they were in 5th grade. A 10-year-old changes A LOT in 7 years.

     

    https://youtu.be/Ik3BvUEvgTI

     

    Lenny, the Father of Young Peoples Concerts

     

     

    GNPS Faculty Recital 1993—the FIRST ONE! Director of Photography: BOB GLUCK

    https://youtu.be/tDGU-WnJa40

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School  

    It was Arlette Sanders idea: “We have so many talented musicians on our GNPS faculty, that we should offer a Faculty Recital!”

     

    And here is the FIRST….

    Starring
     Helene Alexander

    Roger Ames

    Susan Bloom

    Chris Hettenbach

    Denise Eisner

    Dan Tomaselli

    Joseph Rutkowski

    Bernie Kaplan

    NH student performers: Jason Menkes, drums and Justin Wurlitz, bass guitar

     

    Featuring music composed by Schumann, Schubert, Kaplan and many more….

     

     

     

    GNPS Recital

    Performers at the GNPS Recital 1993

     

     

     

     

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    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School--JoAnn Falletta Master Class May 7 1997 Symphoniy Orchestra

     

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School--JoAnn Falletta Master Class May 7 1997 Symphony Orchestra Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and Artistic Adviser of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Maestra Falletta spent a memorable day with us at Great Neck North High School on this day.

     

    Maestra JoAnn Falletta talks about her days at the old Mannes on East 74th Street as Mannes celebrates its 100th anniversary

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    JoAnn Falletta Master Class May 7 1997 Symphonic Band

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School--JoAnn Falletta Master Class May 7 1997 Symphonic Band

     

    From the Archives of Rutkowski's Room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School--JoAnn Falletta Master Class May 7 1997 Symphonic Band Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and Artistic Adviser of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Maestra Falletta spent a memorable day with us at Great Neck North High School on this day.

     

    Maestra JoAnn Falletta talks about her days at the old Mannes on East 74th Street as Mannes celebrates its 100th anniversary

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