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All-National Honors Musicians Named

Three outstanding Syosset High School student musicians have been named to NAfME All-National Honors ensembles. Grace Mittleman and Eric Schess have been invited to perform with the All-National Honors Chorus, while Hannah Son was selected to play the flute in the All-National Honors Symphony Orchestra. The festival will be held in Orlando, Florida this November. Congratulations to Eric, Grace and Hannah!


Two Named to Elite All-National Band

Two Syosset High School student-musicians have been named to the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Concert Band, which will perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, in October.  

Jakob Finkelstein (trumpet) and Ross Kliegman (oboe) are among 120 elite student-musicians selected from schools throughout the country to perform in the All-National Concert Band. They join more than 670 students representing schools in 49 states and overseas military bases who will be performing in the four All-National Honor Ensembles – Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Mixed Choir – at this year’s NAfME conference, taking place Oct. 25-28.

The All-National Concert Band will be led by Eugene Migliaro Corporon, renowned conductor of the Wind Symphony and regents professor of music at the University of North Texas College of Music. He is also a respected author who has recorded more than 1000 works with various performing groups.

Congratulations to Jakob and Ross and their teacher, Larry Ballereau, on this impressive achievement. Pictured from left are Syosset CSD Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts, K-12 Michael Salzman, Ballereau, Jakob, Ross and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers.



HS Sings Opera With Help From The Met

Members of Syosset High School’s chamber chorus and orchestra were joined on stage in partnership with the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) for a special one-time performance of The Tragedy of Carmen, the popular opera by Georges Bizet.

Through the school’s fine and performing arts department and its sixteen-year opera partnership with the IVAI, the students performed an abridged version of the opera on February 6 in the auditorium. The IVAI is a program run through the Metropolitan Opera House that discovers and develops talented would-be opera professionals at a young age.

“This is perhaps our most advanced and significant joint endeavor,” said Michael Salzman, Syosset’s fine and performing arts coordinator. “The product was a true partnership between our school, students, and the talented artists at IVAI.”

Solos were performed by current members of the IVAI program, while Syosset student musicians made up the chorus and orchestra.

The conductor was Paul Nadler, who is currently in New York conducting four performances of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera. Maestro Nadler delayed his return home to Florida in order to direct the production of Carmen at Syosset.

Set in Spain, The Tragedy of Carmen is about a gypsy woman who suffers a terrible fate from a jilted lover. The Syosset Chamber Orchestra was directed by Stephanie Merten. The Syosset Chamber Singers were directed by Kristin Howell.


HS Music Students Receive Top Recognition

Four student-musicians at the high school have been named to the 2015 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles. These students will have the opportunity to travel to Nashville, Tenn., where they will rehearse with top music students from across the U.S.  

The performances, which will be led by world-renowned teachers and conductors, will take place at the famous Grand Ole Opry. Congratulations to All-National Chorus members Brett Levine, Adam Obedian and Daphne Solomon, all members of the high school’s choral program and students of Kristin Howell.  

The district also congratulates violinist Angela Wee on being accepted to the All-National Honors Symphony Orchestra. Angela, who has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and has won many distinguished violin competitions, is a member of the high school chamber orchestra and is a student of Stephanie Merten.


Syosset Educator Author of New Music Publication

Michael Salzman, coordinator of the fine and performing arts for the Syosset Central School District, is the author of a new publication from the Kendor Music Company.  The work, “Kendor Master Repertoire for Tuba,” was edited by composer Carl Strommen.

Mr. Salzman was asked by Mr. Strommen and the publisher to develop a book of tuba solos for the advanced/intermediate student. The book contains eight solos, six of which are transcriptions of works originally written by Galliard, Bach, Capuzzi, Mozart, Schubert and Elgar. Mr. Salzman transcribed and arranged these works to be performed on the tuba. Composer Kenneth Pollitt, curriculum associate for the performing and fine arts in Jericho Public Schools, wrote the seventh work in the collection in the style of an Italian Tarantella. The final work in the book is a contemporary piece written by Mr. Salzman. His composition, “Explorations I for Solo Tuba,” is a work that explores modern performance techniques and introduces a new style of playing to younger students.

Mr. Salzman holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music, both in tuba performance. He later studied music education at Queens College and earned a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Hofstra University. He has taught music at every grade level – from pre-K through college – and has been the head of the music and art programs in Syosset since 1994.

Throughout his career in education, he has remained passionate about his work as a professional tuba player. He is now in his 20th year as the tuba and euphonium instructor at Hofstra University, where he directs their annual OcTubafest, a fall concert designed to promote the tuba and demonstrate its expanding literature. He is also the coordinator of the annual TubaChristmas concert held each year at Rockefeller Center. Mr. Salzman has presented recitals and lectures at Hofstra, Ithaca College, the Eastman School of Music and at several regional conferences.

In addition to his work in education and as a performing musician, Mr. Salzman has been very active in the New York State School Music Association for many years. He was recently appointed to the position of NYSSMA second vice president, where he will oversee the NYSSMA adjudication process and the NYSSMA All-State ensembles.


Thursday, November 23, 2017