Congratulations to the 2019 NH Grad Orchestra and Singers
John L. Miller-Great Neck North HS Symphony Orchestra at Commencement 2019 PART 1
John L. Miller-Great Neck North HS Symphony Orchestra at Commencement 2019 PART 2
James Kinder, Director of Photography
And like some Directors (à la Hitchcock), Kinder likes to make a cameo appearance (see part 2)
Keep music in your life. If at all possible, keep playing your instrument. When you play your instrument in college, you're bound to make more life-long friends!
If you were unable to perform with us because of the Chemistry and/or Physics Regents Exams, I want to say how much I appreciate that some of you attended our rehearsals anyway. You really helped the freshmen players learn this difficult music and you are among the very dedicated musicians of our program. THANK YOU!
To the Musicians who played at the NHS Commencement:
What a spectacular way to end an incredible year! I appreciate that you attended all those rehearsals during your finals and regents exams and spending the first day of your summer vacation making the Commencement extra special for the graduates and their families, our faculty and administration and the entire Board of Education. Our performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Shostakovich’s Finale from Symphony No. 5 completely rocked the house!
The music you played before the ceremony (music composed or performed by John Coltrane) and during the recessional (Celebration!, To Life!, Saturday Night Fever, New York New York) was a perfect ending to a perfect Commencement.
Teachers, administrators, the staff, students and parents who do not normally attend our concerts were extremely surprised to hear what a fine ensemble you make. The people who work at Tilles Center (who deal with the finest musicians from the great orchestras of the world), as well as Mr. Robert Zahn and the TV75 crew were also very impressed by your musicianship and discipline. Each time we were warming up and touching up spots in the rehearsals, you were so intent and focused on our work together that you didn't notice them observing you. I received many compliments from people who were present at our “open rehearsal” at 8:00 am.
Our compliments also to Senior Singers and Dr. Levy in their passionate and heartfelt good-bye performance!
To the Instrumentalists:
As you've heard me say before, every time you pick up your instrument, it's a performance. You never know when somebody is listening or being moved by your sounds. You've done so much for so many people this year in the work we've done in class, in the time you've spent practicing alone and in our public performances--live and on TV75. When the Great Neck residents watch your performances on TV75, they know that their tax dollars are being put to excellent use in our school music program.
I am very proud of what you've accomplished this year. Look for the daily broadcast of our Commencement performance on Channel 75 this summer!
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I, myself, am very excited about spending my summer rehearsing with fellow musicians and I will keep you posted about my concerts.
July 24, 2019 in Manhattan is one that features several members of the GNPS Faculty!
SAVE THE DATE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm!
Have a great summer and email or text me when you hear, sing or play great music!
Practice when and as much as you can,
Guest of Honor Dr. William A. Shine
NH Grad Orchestra
Maestra Molly Racsko
Maestro Yoel Hawa
Val Hawa Sal Rothbaum
Happy Grad Musicians
2019 NH Commencement Audience
THE 2019 GREAT NECK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL GRAD ENSEMBLE
Although unable to perform because of the Chemistry and/or Physics Regents on Graduation Day, we were happy to have the presence of
Katherine Smolens Izzy Hidasi, Nora Monasheri, Kevin Khadavi and Daniel Choi
*Sophia R Askari
*Isobelle H (Belle) Lim
Tiantian Emily Wei
Christopher Matos Suero (Chris)
*Emily R Cohen
*Etan Y Sedaghatfar
*Sarah R Tang
*Xi (Mandy) Sun
*Cody J Yam
*Kayla S Yousefzadeh
*Joshua B Rothbaum
*Nathaniel Y Sehati OT
*Frederick N Sion
*Benjamin S Cohen
*Omeed A Tartak
*Edrian A Kokhabi
*XiKai (Kevin) Liao
*Aaron B Geula
* Senior Musician
Instrumental Music Director, John L. Miller - Great Neck North High School
Administrative Teacher-MUSIC, John L. Miller - Great Neck North High School
Tri-M Chapter 2605 Advisor
35 Polo Road
Great Neck, NY 11023
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Check our web site: http://web.greatneck.k12.ny.us/nhmusic/
Welcome Back to a new Season of Concerts, Events and Activities of the Tri-M Chapter 2605 (John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School)
*** Tri-M Chapter 2605 John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Joseph Rutkowski, Advisor
We miss Dr. Janine Robinson, Neil Saggerson, Bernie Kaplan, Roger Ames, Denise Eisner, Amy Kempton, Karen Lee and all the legends and even the maggots of room 218!
I must also say that it remains with great sadness that we begin another school year without our beloved Dan Tomaselli. His loss in 2011 has had such an impact on our student body, alumni and community. Mr. “T” never hesitated to state his opinion on any issue, but he was always serving the best interest of our students. Mr. Tomaselli was really my big brother. I consulted his wisdom nearly every day for the 20 years I knew him. I miss him terribly. Let us, once again, let’s remember that seat in the back of the NH auditorium where Mr. T sat for our performances and keep in memory of his high standards and incredible understanding of his fellow human beings.
This is how I remember Dan Tomaselli
The current performing groups at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School music program have been featured in concert at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall over a dozen times in the past twenty-four years. These groups regularly appear on Channel 75 and Channel 20 on Long Island's North Shore. The Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra have also played under the batons of Joseph Turrin, JoAnn Falletta, John-Szicheng Lau, the late Jens Nygard, Patricia Spencer , Michael Flamhaft, Michael Lipsey, David Jolly, Michael Tong, Olivier Fluchaire, David Winkler, Prof. Sean Reed, Prof. Christopher Tibaldi, David Stewart Wiley, Brian Worsdale, David Bernard, Frank Rugers, Susan Deaver and violinist/conductor Michael Gilbert.
Great Neck is a suburb of New York City, located on the North Shore of Long Island just east of the Queens border. Once a community that was part of Queens, Great Neck joined Nassau County in 1898 when the county was created. The Great Neck Public School System has possessed a tradition of excellence since its inception in 1814! There exists a dedicated relationship between the Great Neck community and its school system. The first graduating class of Great Neck High School was in 1896. The current high school building, a magnificent structure of style and beauty, has housed its students, faculty, staff AND MUSIC DEPARTMENT since 1928. It is one of the very few original high school buildings in the nation. Great Neck High School is now known as the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School, named after the distinguished superintendent from 1943 until 1971.
A look at the past 2018/2019 SEASON…
There is no room quite like room 218 at the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School on Long Island, NY. Thanks to my teachers, Larry Sobol, Max Watras, Alfred Longo, Fred Belec, Earl Higgins, Neil Saggerson and Abe Baumel who showed me the way to get teenagers to love playing great music. The night of the concert is a most special time!
Fortunately, what happens in room 218 doesn't stay in Vegas.
Thanks to the support of NH Administrators Patty Hugo, Danny Krauz, Ron Levine, Mike Neary and the drumming skills of Principal Dan Holtzman, the musicians of room 218 have a weekly public performance on Friday mornings in the school lobby for a roaming, roving and yet appreciative audience
And thanks to NH Media Man Mike Meehan and Computer Maven Chris Pipalo, the most recent Winter Concert highlight is explained and broadcasted:
The Excel File of “Great Neck Musicians who performed at Carnegie Hall” created by Sydney Rotman and updated by Christopher Lu
JOHN L. MILLER-GREAT NECK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
A 2019 Long Island Music Hall of Fame High School of Excellence
A 2018 Long Island Music Hall of Fame High School of Excellence
Tri-M Chapter of the Year 2017!
A 2016 Long Island Music Hall of Fame High School of Excellence
A 2000 GRAMMY Signature School
A 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 GRAMMY Signature School Semi-Finalist
Carnegie Hall Performances: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015 Orchestra and 2015 Jazz Choir, 2016
Avery Fisher Hall Performance: 2002
Tri-M Chapter of the Year: 2nd Runner Up: 2008
Tri-M Chapter of the Year: 1st Runner Up: 2010
Tri-M Chapter of the Year: 2017
Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society winners: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010
Broadcast on WQXR FM Bob Sherman's Young Artists Showcase on September 17, 2008
Broadcast on WQXR FM Bob Sherman's Young Artists Showcase on July 4, 2012
Disney Magic Music Days National Competition, Select Singers: 1996, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
Chamber Music in Your High School Workshop-presented by our Tri-M Chapter at the NYSSMA All State Conference in 2004, the MENC Eastern Division Conference in 1999, 2005 and 2007, the NMEA Balanced Mind Conference in 2001, 2003. 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011, NYSCAME Workshop Series in 2007, the TMEA Conference 2013 http://www.tmea.org/assets/pdf/convention/2013/handouts/211206.pdf
NAfME In Service Conference 2015
The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference 2016
The 70th NYSSMA Winter Annual Conference – November 30-December 3, 2017 The Legacy of Lawrence P. Sobol, Clarinetist, Educator, Impresario
* Exchange Performance with Fuchun Primary School String Ensemble of Singapore 11/14/08
* Exchange Performance with Jurong Primary School String Ensemble of Singapore 11/18/10
* Exchange Performance with Afula Conservatory of Israel 4/01/11
* Exchange Performance with Afula Conservatory of Israel 3/08/13
* Exchange Performance with Elmhurst College of Elmhurst, ILL 3/30/15
* Exchange Performance with St Laurence College of Australia 4/16/15
*Selection as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2005.
Selected Students in the 2000, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 NAfME All-National Honors Ensemble
Selected Students All-Star High School Band of Long Island 2011
*Guest conductor appearances at North High include
Maestra JoAnn Falletta
Tara Helen O'Connor
the late Maestro Jens Nygard
Maestro Alan Schwartz
Dr. James Jordan
Maestro Michael Flamhaft
Michael Lipsey and David Jolly
Maestro Michael Tong
Maestro Olivier Fluchaire
Maestro David Winkler
Prof. Sean Reed
Prof. Kae Reed
Prof. Christopher Tibaldi
Maestro Brian Worsdale
Maestro Frank Rugers
Maestra Susan Deaver
Maestro David Bernard
Maestro Gal Altervich
Maestro David Stewart Wiley
Jazz Artist Sam Dillon
Maestro Rueben Blondell
Euphonium Virtuoso Dan Dicker
Maestro Joanne May (Elmhurst College, Chicago)
Maestro Ross Capern (St Laurence College, Australia)
GREAT NECK NORTH HIGH SYMPHONIC BAND
GREAT NECK NORTH HIGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
"Nothing less than STUNNING!" Bob Gluck, TV75, Great Neck Public Schools
"A stunning program and opportunity for young listeners to hear outstanding student performances" Denise Schueler Eisner
"An AWESOME display!" Lou Vigliotti, Great Neck North High Computer Dept
"...once again the [Winter] Concert presented exhausts my plaudit vocabulary. Multiple groups, student involvement on every level, handsome appearance, proper deportment, and above all, wonderful music!" Maestro Michael Flamhaft, Band of Long Island
"An unparalleled performance--absolutely breathtaking!" Andy Rutkowski, Alumnus of Smithtown Central High School Band, 1974
"Sometimes I wish I could go back to room 218 at Great Neck North High School and play through all of the Beethoven Symphonies! (I hope that is a continued tradition)." David-Aaron Carpenter, Internationally acclaimed Viola Virtuoso, 2006 Naumburg Prizewinner and GNNHS class of 2004.
"I wanted to thank you so much for the opportunity to hear the Great Neck North Symphonic Band and Orchestra. It was an amazing treat. The students were wonderful. I am always so impressed that they volunteer to play at the elementary schools while they are on intersession. What an amazing opportunity for the fifth graders to see first hand what they can aspire to. "
Judi Bosworth, Nassau County Legislature and Former President of the Board Of Education, Great Neck Public Schools.
“…..what a brilliant performance of the Rhapsody in Blue…a very impressive display of what teenagers can accomplish when their schools are eager to include arts education and have creative artists at the helm…this is a regular high school, not a conservatory or pre-college division, and so I think the young players’ accomplishments are even more impressive!”
Bob Sherman, esteemed host of WQXR radio's The McGraw-Hill Companies' Young Artists Showcase
“Charles Cadieu (French horn virtuoso of the class or 2000) will be receiving his doctorate in computational neuroscience next month at UC Berkeley. He is the point man in his group to present their research at conferences. He always said that performing for an audience on the French horn gave him confidence to do any kind of a presentation.”
Sandy Cadieu, proud mother of Charles and a professional violinist herself!
“I cannot even begin to tell you how impressed I was with your students. I had chills every time I walked passed both the Chamber and Jazz Musicians. They are amazing and please extend my greatest appreciation and gratitude to all of them for making our event even more amazing.”
Diana Guerin ~ Director of Events & Marketing at Community Mainstreaming Associates
On hearing a live recording of the NH Symphonic Band's performance of his Music for Prague, Pulitzer-Prize Winning composer Karel Husa wrote:
“Dear Joseph, This is one of the most enthusiastic playing I have heard - and it is by your students, led by you! The tempi you chose are fast, but everything fits amazingly together, the excitement of the players can be felt, they know their parts and the success of their performance can be felt by he reaction of the audience at the end! You conducted with the exactly right idea, i.e. music has to grow from the beginning to end and never let down and this is how it came across. To all students performers - they all practiced their part - and to you for masterful lead, MY MOST SINCERE THANKS. It is a tremendous achievement for young performers! I am deeply grateful, please convey my sincere gratitude !
As ever Yours, Karel
Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2012 11:42 AM
After listening to the NH Symphony Orchestra’s performance of his Pastorale from that same concert, Dr. Husa later wrote:
“Dear Joseph, I just heard the performance of the PASTORAL by the String Orchestra led by you. First, I am amazed by the quality of sound and techniques your young performers demonstrated. As you know I studied violin (form age of 8 to 14) but I never had such a cultivated sound of strings, or technique your students have and also the ability reading new music!
The performance is again a wonderful one, with sensitive and poetical playing, and your tempi are perfect. Please do thank all the performers, including the soli at the end! I am delighted to hear my music by young players. They are the future of music, especially in these times, and also because to study string instruments requires such long time (including adjusting constantly the pitches and practicing for long in order to obtain a good, nice sound.)
I have to confess, I could have never played this music when I was their age. So, this is even more amazing to me and very assuring to the future of music!
I am deeply grateful and wish you all a happy holiday season! ~Karel
Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:08 PM
“I love listening to you and the students play. You make my day, every day!”
Bernard Kaplan, proud principal of the John L. Miller-Great Neck North HS since 1993
“Truly impressive seeing what those students are capable of….. If I closed my eyes I wouldn't know the average age in the room is an adolescent. I wish I could have stayed longer….”
Takoa Lawson, Science Teacher at North High
The current performing groups have been featured in concert at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall on many occasions in the past ten years. These groups regularly appear on Channel 75 and Channel 20 on Long Island's North Shore. The Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra have also played under the batons of Joseph Turrin, JoAnn Falletta, John-Szicheng Lau, the late Jens Nygard, Patricia Spencer , Michael Flamhaft, Michael Lipsey, David Jolly, Michael Tong, Olivier Fluchaire, David Winkler, Prof. Sean Reed, Prof. Christopher Tibaldi, David Stewart Wiley, Brian Worsdale, David Bernard, Frank Rugers, Susan Deaver and violinist/conductor Michael Gilbert.
Great Neck is a suburb of New York City, located on the North Shore of Long Island just east of the Queens border. Once a community that was part of Queens, Great Neck joined Nassau County in 1898 when the county was created. The Great Neck Public School System has possessed a tradition of excellence since its inception in 1814! There exists a dedicated relationship between the Great Neck community and its school system. This dedication is illustrated by the fact that there have been only 4 superintendents since 1943. The first graduating class of Great Neck High School was in 1896. The current high school building, a magnificent structure of style and beauty, has housed its students, faculty, staff AND MUSIC DEPARTMENT since 1928. It is one of the very few original high school buildings in the nation. Great Neck High School is now known as the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School, named after the distinguished superintendent from 1943 until 1971.
The Great Neck, East Williston and Herricks school districts respectively ranked second, seventh and eighth in New York on the data analysis website’s annual Best School Districts list.
The Storm before the Calm: Preparing for the First Day of Classes
Know the Musical Scales to Reach Monumental Heights
Getting Students To Play Gigs Off Campus
Teaching Music August 2016 issue
"A Community Minded Program" (pages 44-49)
“Music Miracle: How Our Schools Hit A High Note” by Andy Newman about the Great Neck Music Program
HS Musicians Perform At Atria By Andy Newman -December 25, 2013
“The Power of Music”
online at nafme.org Go to MY CLASSROOM and choose "Journals/Magazines" from the drop Music in a Minuet blog post on the NAfME website:
Artfest article in GN Record July 6,2018 by Jason Beeferman
Music that Tells a Story
Young Peoples Concert 2018
Music That Tells A Story--Great Neck North High School Young Peoples Concert 2018 Part 1 of 3
Music That Tells A Story GN NH YPC 2018 02
Music That Tells A Story--Great Neck North High School Young Peoples Concert 2018 Part 3 of 3
Lobby Music-Jazz by the Chamber Music Class
Phantom Pit Exit Music April 21, 2018
North High School musicians to perform at Long Island Music Hall of Fame benefit concert
Long Island Music Hall of Fame 2017 HOLIDAY CONCERT at Westbury Music Fair (November)
How music education is crucial to the future of live music Allegro Magazine
Article on teaching music in the Local 802 Allegro magazine
(scroll down to last article after Cellist Amy Camus)
North High Symphony Orchestra performance of Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 at LI Music Hall of Fame Concert at Northport High School April 3, 2018
Review of the April 3, 2018 LIMHoF concert featuring NH Shostakovich 5th
LI Music Hall of Fame Press Conference October 2016
LI Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony October 2016
WQXR Radio Classical Hero
Membership/Career Questions—MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Radio show WHPC “My Hometown Great Neck North Music Program” July 2018
Quarter Finalist of 2013 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award
Quarter Finalist of 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award
Quarter Finalist of 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Award
Stuyvesant High School Instrumental Music Program 1988
The Mission of the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Music Program
At Great Neck North High School, our public performances in school and off campus (from nursing homes and elementary schools to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center) are on a very high level. Yet, we focus on teaching our students how to practice their instruments (and vocal techniques), listen to music critically and use technology to compose and orchestrate so that every graduate of North High values and supports the most important subject that can be studied in high school: MUSIC.
Our music program is greatly supported by Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz who attends many of our performances and events.
All of the members of the Administrative Staff of the John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School are present at every school event: Principal Daniel Holtzman and Assistant Principals Patricia Hugo, Dr. Danny Krauz and Ron Levine.
The Fine and Performing Arts Department is led by Chairperson Dr. Pamela Levy and includes Art educators: Joseph Giacalone, Emily Man, Linda Haase, Christine Eisenhauer; Drama Director Ilana Schikler Meredith and Choral Director Dr. Pamela Levy
The Music Program’s best friends include the NH Custodial Staff led by Christopher Vecchio, TV North led by Michael Meehan, the Athletics Dept led by Coach Eamonn Flood, the NH secretarial staff and the Music Parent Boosters: Nancy Notar-Francesco, Vivian Hong, Robin Schlusselberg
Finally and most significantly, we recognize the music teachers who trained our musicians:
NMS- Arielle Cooperman Murdocco, Matthew Trinkwald, Anthony Virgilio
EMB-Anne Fogarty, Cynthia Gorney
SR-Chad Lasky, Christopher Wilson
LA- Jacquelyn Tomlet