- Great Neck Public Schools
High School Music Programs Perform at LI Music Hall of Fame Holiday Concert
The music programs at both North High School and South High School were selected to perform in the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) Holiday Concert on Nov. 17 at The SPACE at Westbury Theatre. Invitations to perform at this Holiday Concert were extended only to seven high schools that are recognized for excellence through the 2019 LIMHoF School Recognition Program.
Ensembles from Great Neck performed three pieces at the LIMHoF Holiday Concert. The North High Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski, performed the final movement of Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The South High Chamber Symphony Orchestra (comprised of students from the Chamber String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Mixed Choir) performed “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, and selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. The South High performers were under the direction of Michael Schwartz and Dr. Janine Robinson.
The Holiday Concert featured the best high school music programs from across Long Island. In the 2019 LIMHoF School Recognition Program, North High received a rating of Gold with Distinction, and South High received a rating of Gold.
This recognition program identifies Long Island high school music programs that are creating notable music experiences for their students while incorporating the National and New York State Standards for The Arts in creative and meaningful ways. Honorees were evaluated based on program details, inclusion of national and state standards for music in curriculum, facility, staffing, and community and board support.
North High music students are taught by Dr. Pamela Levy, fine and performing arts department head/vocal music teacher, and Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher. South High musicians are taught by Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher; Mark Boschen, instrumental teacher; and Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal music teacher.