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53rd Music Festival And Art Exhibit

The 53rd annual District Music Festival and Art Exhibit, sponsored by the Sewanhaka Central High School District, will be held at H. Frank Carey High School on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.  The event features talented young musicians from each of the district’s five schools.

 

More than 300 students from all five high schools will participate in the music festival. Tickets are available through the music departments of all the schools for $8.

 

These students, selected by audition, will perform as members of a district orchestra, band and choir under the direction of three guest conductors. These conductors have impressive resumes which have earned them accolades throughout the Metropolitan area.  

 

David Kaufman, band conductor, has been directing the Concert Band and teaching AP Music Theory in the West Islip Public Schools for the past 15 years. He directs jazz quartet, the pit orchestra and the brass ensemble and coordinates several chamber music ensembles.

 

Orchestra Conductor Patricia Koppeis presently serves as musical director and conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s Nassau Symphony Orchestra. During her 30 years as a professional educator, Koppeis taught all levels of strings in the Syosset School District. She has conducted several area all-states, honor orchestras and Long Island String Festival Association.

 

Tim Warner, chorus conductor, currently serves as one of two choral directors at Freeport High School. Warner directs the concert chorus, ninth grade select chorus and the madrigal singers. Warner is an active composer and performs regularly with the six-time Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

 

The festival is dedicated to Douglas Libby. Libby retired from active service in Sewanhaka in 2012, after having served the board of education as its counsel for over 32 years. 


News

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 

 

Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.

 

“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”

At the April 3 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, it was revealed that New York State’s recently passed budget has allotted a larger-than-anticipated amount of aid for schools; this has resulted in an additional $360,000 for the district to use for its 2014-2015 budget.

 

According to Board of Education President James Gounaris, the 2014-2015 Herricks budget was already adopted, on March 20; after the surprise boost in state aid, the budget was adjusted and re-adopted at the April 3 meeting, with the additional funds allocated toward restoring some budgetary cuts made to the district in recent years.


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s seventh grade girl’s basketball team finished with an undefeated season, coached by Alison Leighton and assistant coach Myeishay Brooks. 

 

“With an incredible starting five, and depth throughout the roster, the team showed that with talent and determination, they can do anything,” Leighton said. “Not only were they an unbelievable team to coach, they were sportswomen on the court, and gave one hundred percent effort in their games, and practices.”

Most tourists travel to see the sights and eat the food. But New Hyde Park resident Dr. Peter Douris recently flew to South Korea for a different reason entirely. He spent a week in the southern mountains testing for 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do. 

 

Douris was part of a group from Kwon’s Karate studio in Manhasset, where they’ve all trained for many years with their instructor, Master H.Y. Kwon, a ninth level black belt.

 

In Korea, their days began at 6 a.m. and continued until very late.


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