A dozen Huntington School District musicians have been selected to perform in this winter’s Long Island String Festival during elite concerts in Smithtown and Setauket.
Among the festival musicians are Woodhull Intermediate School sixth grader Charlotte Gordon; Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School fifth grader Liva Camarata and sixth graders Samantha McGloin and Brooke Parks; J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth graders Allison Quinn and Erin Ye; Huntington High School freshmen Ella Siepel and Grace Wildermuth, sophomores Kyle Perea and Diya Rai-Gersappe and juniors Arielle Harvey and Haley Mortell.
The Huntington musicians are among Long Island’s best. They were chosen for the festival based on their New York State School Music Association solo evaluation scores and teacher recommendations.
“Huntington music students and staff across the district continue to achieve and perform at the highest of levels,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “We are beyond proud that Huntington will, once again, be well represented in LIFSA ensembles across the grade levels.”
The musicians have been studying with Huntington music teachers Christina Bhasin, Claude Masear, Matthew Gelfer and Nicole Castaldo.
“Every year, we are pleased and proud to have our Huntington orchestra students recognized by the Long Island String Festival Association,” said Eric Reynolds, district director of fine and performing arts. “This year is no different as we have 12 string players from across the district participating in the LISFA ensembles. Our musicians have a wonderful opportunity to perform alongside their peers as Long Island’s most accomplished orchestra musicians. Equally exciting is that they perform under the baton of renowned orchestra educators and conductors.”
The Long Island String Festival Association began in 1956, gathering students from across Long Island into three orchestras. Today, LISFA hosts festivals in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. The organization also awards many scholarships to support students’ musical study through their school years and beyond.
“The success of LISFA lies in the strength of the string teachers on Long Island, their talented students, the parents who support their musical development and the quality of the conductors who together celebrate the power of music,” according to the organization’s website.
The fifth grade orchestra will perform on Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m. at Northport High School. The grades 6-8 orchestra will be on stage on Sunday, January 28 at 1 pm. at Northport High School. The high school orchestra concert is set for Sunday, January 14 at 1 p.m. at West Islip High School.