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High School Teams Advance in Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Competition

Four teams of high school musicians from the Great Neck Public Schools have been selected to advance in the first-ever Young Musicians Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Participants include three teams from North High School and one team from South High School.

The Young Musicians Innovation Challenge encourages teams of high school students to develop an innovative project that would benefit the chamber music world. A total of nine teams will advance in the competition and present their proposals to a panel of judges via Zoom during a preliminary round.

The three teams of North High students that will advance in the competition are: Stephany Barbu, Daniel Choi, Kevin Khadavi, Nina Phillips, and Shuyuan (Julie) Sun; Scott Levy, Joshua Li, Jason Mei, Mizuki Natsu, David Zeng, and Alex Zhuang; Sara Rafaeil, Ashley Schlusselberg, Sahar Tartak, Maverick Williams, and Christopher Yang.

Members of the South High team that will advance are: Arianna Alvarez, Yonathan Eilon, Rosanna Gao, Eli Newman, and Nancy Schoen.

The Young Musicians Innovation Challenge was open to high school students in the New York Tri-State Area, Philadelphia, PA, and Miami, FL. Student projects focus on areas such as performance, pedagogy, access, social impact. Proposals are adjudicated based on creativity, viability, sustainability, and ways in which projects address diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Up to five teams will be selected as finalists in the competition. Finalists will receive a $1,000 award for their school to implement the students’ proposed project by the end of the 2020–21 school year.

The North High chamber music program is coordinated by Dr. Pamela Levy, performing and fine arts department head/vocal teacher, and Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher. The South High chamber music program is coordinated by Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher, and Janine Robinson, vocal teacher.