• Stuyvesant HS Concerts 

    What are these concerts from Stuyvesant High School doing on the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Instrumental Music web site?

    Simply because if it wasn’t for training and experience I received from my mentors at Stuyvesant, I would have never made it to Great Neck.  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.

    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. 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.

    That’s why I want you to see these concerts that were conducted by Max Watras and me.

    ~joseph rutkowski

     

     Stuyvesant High School 1988 Demo Reel Instrumental Music Program

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJu9VnYY8E

     

    Written by Joseph Rutkowski, narrated by Vincent Grasso for the NYU National Eduation Arts Research Center, headed by Dr. Jerrold Ross

     

     

    January 1987

    https://youtu.be/aKc50f2O1g8

    jan 87 01 jan 87 02

     

     

     

     

    May 1987

     

    https://youtu.be/7doOiSyEo2M

     

    May 87 01 May 87 02

     

    January 1988

    https://youtu.be/gdStTL2icmk

     

    Jan 88 01 Jan 88 02

     

    May 1988

     

    https://youtu.be/5qoOHan9Tk0

     

    May 88 01 May 88 02

     

     

    January 1989 Caroline Pet Soloist

     https://youtu.be/BBbLe8420k8

     

     

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    May 1989 Alison Hoogerwerf soloist

    program's last number (William Tell) is cut off

    https://youtu.be/BBbLe8420k8

     

    May 1989 Alison Hoogerwerf soloist

    full program

     

    https://youtu.be/A0uB4pnLgas

     

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    January 1990 

    Last number is cut off

     

    https://youtu.be/IsTu1S29TwU

     

    1 2

     

    May 1990 

    orchestra only

     

    https://youtu.be/nNRjjvXfdBg

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    May 1990 

    full program

     

    https://youtu.be/oHOtTkgpEek

     

    1 2

     

    January 1991 

    full program

     

    https://youtu.be/nrY-ctUJ014

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    May 1991 

    full program

    https://youtu.be/hKdMkemWiB8 

     

     

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