A musical experience for Prodell students

Four students from Albert G. Prodell Middle School will represent the district’s exceptional music program as participants at the Long Island String Festival Association’s intermediate concert to be held at Northport-East Northport High School from Jan. 26-28.

Sixth-grader Alex Zhang will perform on violin under the direction of conductor Steve Fayette, who retired from Shoreham-Wading River’s music faculty in 2015. Seventh-graders Shiqi Cheng (viola) and Ben Panasci (double bass) and eighth-grader Natalie Acker (double bass) will work with Kenneth Jernigan, a world-traveled music educator and skilled leader who has guest conducted numerous music festivals on all levels throughout the Northeast and Florida. The students were selected to perform based on their New York State School Music Association scores and teacher recommendations.

Middle School music teacher Frederick Volz is excited for the students’ participation, which is an outstanding accomplishment that allows them to experience working with other highly talented young string musicians and continue their musical development.