District Celebrates Art Grant

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The district’s Arts Department was awarded a grant of $5,000 from the Arts Reach Fund, and students showcased their remarkable talents as part of a “Thank You” concert to express their appreciation.

The grant will provide students in grades 6-12 with private music instruction, which they will apply for following invitations and recommendations from their music teachers. The district’s local and experienced music teachers will host small group lessons after school from February to June in music rooms and on stages. In addition to preparation for NYSSMA auditions, which will include sight reading, technique and literature, students will also work in pairs or trios to ultimately better prepare for summer study or college auditions.

With district Superintendent Glen Eschbach, Director of Arts Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne, North Babylon High School Principal Jonathan Klomp and Belmont Avenue Elementary School Principal Valerie Jackson in attendance, Arts Reach Fund Director Dale Lewis and New York State Education Department Board of Regents member Roger Tilles were treated to eight performances by district students at a program designed to celebrate the awarding of the grant. The slate of performances featured students’ talents in singing, playing the piano, playing the viola and acting, among others.

Marion G. Vedder Elementary School students James Figueroa and Christian Maurice sang “Edelweiss;” high school student Christine Saturno performed “Classical Gas;” high school student Ayanna Moonah acted out a monologue as Megan from “Turnaround;” high school All-State vocalist Nicole Gonzalez sang “Gimme Gimme” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie;” high school student Carolyn Consentino performed excerpts from “12 Fantasias for Unaccompanied Viola” on her viola; high school student Arielle Nadler played an excerpt from “The Spruce” on the piano; and the high school’s Camerata performed “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” under the direction of Choir Director Christina Henderson.

The “Thank You” concert served not only as an opportunity for students and staff members to express their warmest gratitude for the grant awarded to them by the Arts Reach Fund, but also as a testament to the stellar level of musical instruction in North Babylon.