Jack Abrams STEM Musicians Shine at PEAK Festival

SCMEA's PEAK Festival nutured the musical talents of participants.

November 14, 2016

Three gifted young musicians from Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School recently participated in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s eighth annual PEAK Festival.

Fourth graders Michaela Dopico, Kathryn Schmidt and Devon St. John travelled to Northport High School and participated in an assortment of workshops, including world drumming, recorder, folk dance, musical theatre, ukulele, chorus and even a Halloween themed activity titled “The Ghost of John.”

The PEAK (Parents, Educators and Kids) Festival celebrates elementary classroom music and provides a unique experience where parents, educators and kids work together, according to the SCMEA website. “The PEAK Festival is about talented fourth grade students learning and experiencing music in addition to performing it.”

The Huntington trio enjoyed the day with their parents and students from other districts. To cap off the event, students performed for an audience of families and local music teachers the songs and skills they had picked up during the workshop sessions.

These STEM students participated in
SCMEA's PEAK Festival.

“I am very proud of these three girls for representing the Huntington music department so well and for always carrying themselves as outstanding musicians,” said Jessica Castaneda, a Huntington music teacher who is also the director of the Blue Devil marching band.

“The PEAK Festival is about talented fourth grade students learning and experiencing music in addition to performing it,” the SCMEA website states.

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