Written by Arthur Kaminsky, Manhasset@antonnews.com Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00
Teaching eight classes a day is hard work, but for Sean Quinn it was a labor of love. “Not one morning did I ever get out of bed, put my feet on the floor and not want to go to work,” he says.
Quinn, who for the past 28 years taught music in Manhasset schools, led the students in the elementary school orchestra and fourth-grade string ensembles, and created a variety of other musical groups for the school district, at both Munsey Elementary and Shelter Rock Road.
From 1973 thru 1985, Quinn held a series of teaching positions at private schools in Queens and Nassau that provided him with “terrific qualifications” when it came to applying for a position with the Manhasset School District. “He was the best candidate by far,” says colleague Eileen Murphy, “combining excellent conservatory training with 12 years of teaching experience and the perfect personality for relating to elementary students.”
Murphy, who taught the middle and high school classes to which Quinn’s pupils “graduated,” noted he was a world class fiddler, elected to the Irish Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Quinn has won an array of championships at the highest level of competitions in both the United States and Ireland, where his parents were born.
and The Quinns emigrated to settle in Flushing, Queens. Louis Quinn was a musical talent while his wife, Mary, was in charge of raising their seven children (two girls and five boys). Sean was second in line—following older sister Mary. He graduated from St. Francis Prep and received classical training at Mannes College of Music in Manhattan. Graduate work leading to a master’s degree was accomplished at Queens College and Long Island University.
Quinn taught a full eight-period schedule of classes, splitting time between Munsey Park and Shelter Rock Elementary Schools. He took over a modest 25 student orchestra in 1985 (half from each of the two elementary schools) and built it into a widely admired and often honored institution with 230 kids now playing strings for the enjoyment of the entire Manhasset community. For the past 18 years, he has been in charge of Great Neck’s district-wide summer music program.
Quinn also provides private lessons which allow talented young musicians to benefit from his unique teaching skills on a more personalized basis. Quinn has composed over 300 original fiddle tunes and his music is played on more than 50 CD’s.
Quinn the performer is also in great demand at local weddings, bar mitzvahs and similar celebrations, where he is often joined by one or more of his three children. Chris, a former Marine now an undercover detective with the New York City Police Department (NYPD); Tara, also a teacher; and Heather are all excellent violinists.
Somehow, the world’s busiest music teacher finds time to squeeze in as many rounds of golf as he can with great pals and fellow teachers Mark Fay and Chuck Collyer. Having essentially introduced Sean to the sport, long-time MHS golf (as well as football and basketball) coach Collyer has a special perspective regarding his friend on the links:“He’s actually a pretty fair performer when it comes to the game but – as with so many people who are high achievers – he is easily frustrated by his inability to master golf just like he has mastered all elements of the musical world.”
Joe Capodecasa, Shelter Rock’s band teacher selected Quinn to stand up for him at his wedding five years ago.
“From serving as my mentor when I first came to Manhasset 15 years ago, Sean and I hit it off perfectly – on just about every level” he says. “I don’t think I’ve ever met another individual that is able to combine as many skills as does Sean – who is a fabulous teacher, a world class performer, a tremendously loyal friend and just such an all-around great guy.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.