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String Workshop

High school orchestra students participated in a string workshop about instrument maintenance and repair that was led by Charles Rufino, Long Island Violin Shop Owner and Monica Behler, education coordinator on May 31. 

“The speakers provided valuable information to students about how string instruments are made and how to properly clean and care for them,” said Ashley O’Connor, orchestra teacher.

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Student Musicians Excel at NYSSMA

Over 300 Shoreham-Wading River School District student-musicians participated in the New York State Music Association Solo/Ensemble Festival on May 13 and 14 at Eastport-South Manor High School.

During the festival, the students in grades second through 12th performed solos for a trained NYSSMA adjudicator and received comments and a grade.    

“The results were outstanding,” said music teacher David Minelli. “Congratulations to all our students for their diligence in preparing their solos and to the parents for their support of music education.”


Orpheus Ensemble Performs

The high school’s select string quartet, the Orpheus Ensemble, entertained an audience at the Suffolk County High School Principals Association’s Senior Leadership Luncheon on April 26. The student performers, Joseph Desiderio, Mackenzie Zajac, Brett Callagy and Alexandra Meli, performed several selections as guests arrived and during lunch services. Alexandra Meli also sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. This is one of the many community events that the Orpheus Ensemble performs at throughout the year.  

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A Day of Strings

Two High School student-musicians recently participated in String Day at the Long Island University Post campus on April 8. During the event, Grace DelSeni and Stephanie Searing attended master classes instructed by LIU music faculty members, learned about audition preparation and sight read music in a group reading session. 

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All-Eastern Singer

For his outstanding musical abilities, Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Rohin McIntosh was invited to perform at the prestigious National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Conference in Atlantic City, April 5-8.

Rohin was selected based on his performances at NYSSMA and teacher recommendations. This is not the first time that he has been recognized for his singing talents. In the past, he has been invited to participate in the All-National, All-State and All-County conferences.

Rohin has been participating in chorus since the fifth grade and was first introduced to singing by his mother, who is a classical Indian singer. In addition to his vocal abilities, McIntosh is a classical pianist and participates in his school’s Vocal Express a capella group and school thespian performances.

Aside from having musical talent, Rohin is an academic scholar who is a member of his school’s Brainstormers and Mathleetes teams and varsity tennis team. He is also an Eagle Scout.

In the fall, Rohin will attend Princeton University to study biophysics and math with a possible minor in music.     

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All-County Musicians

Seven Wading River Elementary School students Cara Kluepfer, Shayne Hughes, Emily Murray, Maggie Parkin, Sydney Serio, Eve VanWickler and Alex Zhang were selected to perform in the prestigious SCMEA Festival. The students received the honor based on their NYSSMA solo performances and teacher recommendations.

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Shoreham-Wading River Central School District
Thursday, August 17, 2017