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South Middle Winter Concerts

The Music Department of Great Neck South Middle School is proud to present its Winter Concerts on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and Wednesday, Dec.14. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m., and will take place in the school's auditorium, 349 Lakeville Rd.

Concert 1 - on Dec. 13, will feature Orange Senior Orchestra, Chorus 7/8, Band 7, and Band 8. Classical selections from this night will feature music by Mozart, Bizet, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Popular works by Charlie Puth, Leroy Anderson, and Pentatonix will also be heard, along with a medley of 80s songs and "Asian Folk Song Rhapsody."

Concert 2 - on Dec. 14, will feature Blue Senior Orchestra, Orchestra 6, 6th-Grade Treble Chorus, and Band 6. Classical selections will feature music by Handel, Saint-Saens, and Mozart. Popular works by Elton John, the Beach Boys, and Nickelback will also be performed, along with a rousing "Winter Wonderland" finale!

Instrumental students - are taught by Department Head Alan Schwartz and Mark Boschen. Choral students are taught by Shelley Willcox. Andrew DeNise is the music department teaching assistant. Concerts are free and each lasts about an hour. Mr. Schwartz encourages all to attend, especially pre-K through grade 5 students, as "these concerts can introduce them to the music they may be performing in the future." For further information, please contact Mr. Schwartz at (516) 441-4651, or at


North Middle Winter Concert

North Middle School's Grade 7-8 Winter Concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the Daniel J. Tomaselli Auditorium, 77 Polo Road. Performing will be the Chorus, Band, and Orchestra. The Concert will feature a variety of music, with the all three groups combining for the final number, "On With The Snow."

The Chorus - will perform: "White Winter Hymnal," "Oseh Shalom," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and "Everybody Rejoice."
The Band and Orchestra - will perform "Hallelujah Chorus," "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch," and the first movement of Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony."

The Chorus - will be under the direction of Arielle Murdocco; the Band and Orchestra under the direction of Matthew Trinkwald, music department chairperson. For more information, please contact Mr. Trinkwald at (516) 441-4551, or at


South High Winter Concert II

South High School musicians will perform in their Winter Concert II on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the school's auditorium, 341 Lakeville Road. The Concert is free and the public is invited to attend and enjoy this special evening of music. Featured will be the Symphonic Band, Chamber String Orchestra, Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and five choral groups, including the Concert Choir.

The Symphonic Band - will open the Concert with: Sousa's "El Capitan March," "The Light Eternal," Highlights from My Fair Lady, and "Heroic Sketches."

Vocal Ensembles - will follow. Chamber Choir will sing "All Ye Who Love Music"; Jazz Choir will perform Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies"; South Singers will sing "Royals"; and Broadway will present "When You're An Addams," from The Addams Family. The Concert Choir will present: "Paratum cor eius" from Beatus Vir, by Vivaldi; "Under the Willow Tree," from Vanessa, by Barber; "Sing a Song of Sixpence," by Rutter; the traditional, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"; and selections from My Fair Lady, by Lowe.

The Chamber String Orchestra - will follow with "Serenade in E Major Op. 22," by Dvorak.

The Chamber Symphony Orchestra - will close out the evening with: "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," by Paul O'Neil & Robert Kinkel; "Danse Macabre–Poème Symphonique," by Camille Saint-Saëns, with Christine Suh, violin soloist; excerpts from Brigadoon, by Frederic Loewe; Die Fledermaus Overture, Op. 362, by Johann Strauss, Jr.; and "Sleigh Ride," by Leroy Anderson.

Instrumental groups - will be under the direction of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher. Choral groups will be conducted by Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music teacher. For further information about this Concert, please contact Mr. Schwartz at (516) 441-4851, or at


Students Experience Spark Challenge

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In mid-November, South High School students in Bradley Krauz's Anatomy & Physiology class participated in Northwell Health's Spark Challenge. Spark Challenge is an outreach program designed to educate students about the variety of careers available in the health profession. Students visited the Center for Innovation and Learning where they were given a hands-on tour of the 22-bed simulated hospital floor. During this experience, they had the opportunity to work with interactive mannequins and simulated patients. Both are used to train a variety of staff. Improvement scientists and organizational-development specialists led students through various experiences during the visit. Students also visited the Division for General Internal Medicine where they had the opportunity to meet doctors, nurses, office managers, and other staff as they learned about the various professional opportunities that exist within a primary-care center.


Teacher to Lead Music Workshop

Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher, will lead a chamber music workshop in mid-December at the 70th annual Midwest Clinic, to be held in Chicago. The workshop, titled, "Play for Your Life!: Chamber Music from Mozart to Led Zeppelin," has been presented by Mr. Rutkowski at 14 previous conferences, including ones sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). The clinic is "designed to help music educators learn how to start a chamber music program in their middle and high schools," Mr. Rutkowski said. "A goal of music education is to help instrumental students find opportunities to make music throughout their lives. Becoming familiar with the activity of playing chamber music will give students the chance to become life-long participants in music." In the past, student members of the North High music department have been an integral part of many of the chamber music workshop presentations, performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and others. Since students are unable to participate in person at the Chicago conference, a video recording is being made of the chamber music class performing the 15 selections Mr. Rutkowski will be presenting. The new, very advanced system used to make the video recording was purchased with funds raised by Music Boosters, a parent group chaired by Karen Lee.