Music Faculty Bios

Dr. Pamela Levy, Department Head, Fine and Performing Arts

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Dr. Pamela Levy, Department Head, Fine and Performing Arts

Dr. Pamela Levy, Department Head of Fine and Performing Arts and Director of Vocal Music, is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she received a B.M.  and M.M., and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music. She is also the director of the of the Manhattan Chorale and a member of the  Chamber Music faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege. Dr. Levy has been the music director of several operas and musicals including Le Nozze di FigaroDie Zauberflöte, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Die Fledermaus, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Carmen, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and others. In addition she has prepared children’s choruses for Manhattan School of Music productions including The Araboolies of Liberty Street, Der Wildschutz, and Carmen, and was the music director for “Sleepy Hollow,” an opera which was performed by the Dicapo Opera Company at the Sands Point Preserve. During the summer months Dr. Levy is the co-director of the Musical Theatre Summer Program for Great Neck Public Schools. 

Mr. Joseph Rutkowski, Instrumental Director

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Mr. Joseph Rutkowski, Instrumental Director

Director of Instrumental Music at Great Neck North High since 1991, Joseph Rutkowski is also a practicing musician. As a concert clarinetist, he has performed solo recitals at Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall and has appeared as a concerto soloist and chamber music artist at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.  Hailed by The New York Times as  "...an agile and powerful player" and by the International Clarinet Magazine as a clarinetist with "awesome technical prowess," he has performed with James Galway, Mstislav Rostropovich, Eleanor Steber, William Warfield and Maurice Andre and under the batons of Alan Hovhaness, Karel Husa, Laszlo Halasz and JoAnn Falletta.  His recording of Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock" for Ali Mar Records received critical acclaim in Richard Gilbert's The Clarinetist's Discography.

Joseph Rutkowski studied in New York and Germany, receiving degrees in performance from Mannes College and Queens College and in Educational Administration from Hunter College.  His lineage includes studies with Lawrence Sobol, Alfred Longo, James Tull, Joseph Rich, Heinrich Geuser, Eric Simon, David Weber, David Glazer, Max Watras, Pamela Weston, William Kroll, Claus Adam, Carol Glenn, Morey Ritt, Samuel Baron, Karl Leister, Marcel Moyse, Carl Schachter, David Loeb, David Tcimpidis, Edward Aldwell, Charles Cuckson, Charles Burkhart, Frederick Werle, Anthony Maiello, Harry Kobialka and Dr. Charles Kaufman.  He has worked with composers Leo Kraft, Alan Hovhaness, Joseph Turrin, David Loeb, Jack Gottlieb, Ursula Mamlock, Robert Miller, Michael Flamhaft, Michael Czajkowski, Elliot Finkel, Nelson Kole, Roger Ames, Alan Schwartz, James Theobald and Dr. Karel Husa.   

Mr. Rutkowski is a two-time Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award recipient and a Harvard Club Distinguished Teacher Award recipient, Long Island Music Hall of Fame Educator of Note and three-time nominated Grammy Music Educator. He has served on the faculties of Queens College, Mannes College, Westchester Conservatory and was the Symphony Orchestra conductor and teacher at Stuyvesant High School for the eight years preceding his appointment in Great Neck.  He has also written articles and research papers, and lectured at many conferences around the country. His orchestra and band have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall a dozen times. 

He lives in New York City with his wife, Lisa, a social worker specializing in adoption. Rutkowski also performs jazz concerts with his sons trombonist Benjamin (Cinematographer in Los Angeles) and trumpeter Daniel (Head Mixologist at Lantern's Keep in the NYC’s Iroquois Hotel). They performed many times with Joseph's late father, "Grandpa" Joe, Sr., who was a legendary polka band drummer.