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Best in Music Education Award

The Great Neck Public School District has again been named among the "Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, a coalition of music and educational organizations. This year marks the eleventh time that Great Neck has received this prestigious award since its inception in 2005. Great Neck joins 526 districts nationwide to receive this recognition. The Best Communities designation is earned by districts that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Selection was based on answers to a survey, in cooperation with researchers at the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. Great Neck's proud music faculty include: Fine & Performing Arts Department Head Neil Saggerson, Dr. Janine Robinson, and Joseph Rutkowski at North High; Performing Arts Department Head Michael Schwartz, Mark Boschen, Dr. Pamela Levy, and Anthony Virgilio at South High; Department Head Matthew Trinkwald, Robin Golub, Arielle Murdocco, and Anthony Virgilio at North Middle; Department Head Alan Schwartz, Mark Boschen, and Shelley Willcox at South Middle; Anne Fogarty, Cynthia Gorney, Alexander Swerdlin, and Jacquelyn Tomlet at Baker; Amy Kempton and Korey Terranova at Kennedy; Juan Garcia, Robert Pietromonaco, and Jacquelyn Tomlet at Lakeville; Robin Golub at Parkville; and Chad Lasky and Dr. Christopher Wilson at Saddle Rock.


Chamber Music Recital at North High--April 26


North High School will hold its Chamber Music Recital on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the school Library, 35 Polo Road. Students will perform under the direction of music teachers Janine Robinson and Joseph Rutkowski. Opening the evening will be Haydn's "London Trio Allegro," played by: Jeremy Bernstein, cello; Zachary Lee, flute; and Madeline Yang, flute. Performing Handel's "Gavotte" will be: Judah Nouriyelian, cello; Elana Xu, violin; and twin brothers, Mark Xu, viola, and Matthew Xu, violin. Brothers Joshua and Scott Rothbaum will perform "Sonata for Two Clarinets," by Poulenc. Haydn's "String Quartet No. 35" will be presented by: Jeremy Bernstein, cello; Esther(HeeJun) Hwang, viola; Adam Tsou, violin; and Daniel Zeng, violin. Performing Negata's "Outset and Windfall Island, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker" will be: Andrew Chi, clarinet; Joosung (Joshua) Kim, bass clarinet; Bob Qian, clarinet; and Madeleine Yang, flute. Brahms' "Trio, Op 40 Scherzo" will be presented by: Vera Cho, piano; Daniel Itzkowitz, horn; and Rachel You, violin. Megan Xu, playing viola, and a pianist to be announced will perform "Viola Sonata," by Eccles. Bartok's "Contrasts Sebes" will be performed by Rachel Berkower, violin; Zachary Lee, piano; Joshua Rothbaum, clarinet; Scott Rothbaum, clarinet; and Matthew Weinstein, violin. Performing Beethoven's "Trio, Op. 11 for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano" will be Mr. Rutkowski on clarinet and Dr. Robinson, playing the piano. They will be joined by noted cellist, Teresa Kubiak, who is a friend of Dr. Robinson's. A percussion ensemble will perform Lin's "Claps and Steps." Performing will be: Samuel Calto, Jinjing (Amber) Chen, Aaron Geula, Jacob Landerer, XiKai (Kevin) Liao, Raymond Lin, Lucien Wostenholme, and Daniel Yue. The Recital will conclude with Mozart's "Serenade No. 10, Grand Partita for Winds, and Strings, K. 363." I. Adagio-Allegro; II. Menuetto; III. Adagio; IV. Menetto; and VII. Finale: Allegro molto. Violinists will be: Rachel Berkower, Adam Tsou, Matthew Weinstein, Elana Xu, Matthew Xu, and Daniel Zeng. Violists: Esther(HeeJun) Hwang, Mark Xu, and Megan Xu. Cellists: Jeremy Bernstein and Judah Nouriyelian. Bass: Kenneth (Kenny) Li, Shaun Maher, and Berk Soykan. Vera Cho will play the piano; Maya Mualem, the oboe; and Zachary Lee and Madeline Yang, the flute. Clarinetists will be: Andrew Chi, Bob Qian, Joshua Rothbaum, and Scott Rothbaum. Joshua Kim will play bass clarinet; Joshua Nouriyellian, bassoon; Netta Mualem and Kaiming Zhang, saxophone; and Sean Eliassi and Daniel Itzkowitz on horn. The public is warmly invited to attend this free Recital for what promises to be an outstanding evening of chamber music. For more information, contact Mr. Rutkowski at


GNPS/TV Current Programs

Programs currently airing on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) are: South High Spotlight, North High Winter Concert, North Middle/North High Spotlight, and South Middle Spotlight. Spotlight programs feature school news, sports, and events in a lively, magazine-format. GNPS/TV programs are available on demand, 24/7, on the school district Web site, (click on the GNPS/TV logo near the top of the main page), or by going directly to Programs can also be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Airing times in program descriptions below are for Cablevision and Verizon viewing.

South High Spotlight - This edition of Spotlight focuses on South High School with an entirely student-produced show. Students created clips about aspects of South High student life featuring highlights from such school events as: the Tony-Award winning musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Fashion Show; interviews with the six Regeneron Scholars (formerly known as Intel Semifinalists); Coffee House; and more. South High Spotlight airs at 8 a.m., and at 12, 4, and 8 p.m.

North High Winter Concert - North High School's Winter Concert features the Chorus performing six selections, including: "America the Beautiful," "Shalom Chaverim," and "Empire State of Mind"; and the Band and Orchestra performing works in keeping with North's instrumental fall theme of Music from Prague, including Janacek's "Sinfonia," and Husa's "Music for Prague 1968." The event's grand finale features the entire Chorus and Symphony Orchestra performing Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." North High Winter Concert view times are 9 a.m., and 1, 5, and 9 p.m.
North Middle/North High Spotlight - North Middle/North High Spotlight focuses on several events at North Middle and North High Schools. Highlights include: an evening of basketball at North Middle with faculty members competing against the Harlem Wizards in a fun-filled fundraiser; North High's production of The Threepenny Opera; North Middle's finale of Dancing Classrooms with a ballroom-dancing event; North High's Fashion Show; and more. North Middle/North High Spotlight will air at 10:30 a.m., and at 2:30, 6:30, and 10:30 p.m.

South Middle Spotlight - South Middle Spotlight takes a look back at some of the segments that originally aired on HTV (Homeroom Television), the live, daily, morning-news show broadcast to South Middle's students and staff. These segments showcase a variety of events at South Middle, including: Winter Concert, Paint for a Cause, 7th-Grade Talent Show, Board of Education Recognition of Students Quality of Life Awards, and more. South Middle Spotlight airs at 11 a.m., and at 3, 7, and 11 p.m.

GNPS/TV Programming - GNPS/TV programming reflects the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. Programs are student-produced. For further information, please contact Robert Zahn, district educational cable TV producer/director, by e-mail at, and by phone at (516) 441-4676.