Spring Concert (Part 2) Wraps up the Musical Season!

The second of our two spring concerts was held on Tuesday, 11 June in the Wheatley Auditorium. The evening featured our Stage Band (under the direction of Peggy Ho), our Jazz Band (under the direction of Steve Fitzko), our Intermediate Chorus (under the direction of Angela Luftig with Rick Wilson as accompanist), our Intermediate/Concert Band (under the direction of Peggy Ho and Stan Orlovsky) and our Symphonic Band (under the direction of Peggy Ho).

The concert featured scores of student performers, with 10 of them being members of the Class of 2019. These graduating students have committed countless hours to our music program over the years. We are grateful for their participation and wish them a music-filled life as they graduate from Wheatley!

The graduating seniors include:

  • Dina Aldad
  • William Cafarelli
  • Antony Deluxe
  • Andrew Gullotta
  • Mahesh Pitchayan
  • Madeline Rick
  • Michael Roudbai
  • Brooke Schwartz
  • Samantha Williams
  • Mara Zuckerman

 

Wheatley’s Spring Concert (Part 1) is Music to the Ear!

The first of our two spring concerts was held earlier this evening (Tuesday, 4 June) in the Wheatley Auditorium. The evening featured our Intermediate Orchestra (under the direction of Angela Luftig), our Concert Orchestra (under the direction of Stan Orlovsky), our Chorale (under the direction of Angela Luftig with Rick Wilson as accompanist), our Honors String Ensemble (under the direction of Angela Luftig) and our Symphonic Orchestra (under the direction of Stan Orlovsky).

The concert featured scores of student performers, with 20 of them being members of the Class of 2019. These graduating students have committed countless hours to our music program over the years. We are grateful for their participation and wish them a music-filled life as they graduate from Wheatley!

The graduating seniors include:

  • Sarah Amselem
  • Matthew Barbey
  • William Cafarelli
  • Brooke Christman
  • Julia Dioguardi
  • Evan Eberlein
  • Tiffany Jiao
  • Amanda Kim
  • Kristen Leong
  • Michelle Porter
  • John Scudero
  • Manan Shukla
  • Angela Signorile
  • Joanna Signorile
  • Danielle Smichok
  • Michelle Smichok
  • Chloe Yadegar
  • Camellia Ye
  • Brandon Zhu

A special part of the concert was the debut of John Scudero’s original piece, The Four Semesters, performed by our Symphonic Orchestra!

Wheatley’s Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts Ten New Members!

Earlier today, before our first Spring Concerts, Wheatley’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 10 new members!

Congratulations to the newest members:

  • Joyce Chen
  • Kaileigh Fiorillo
  • Jonathan Friedrich
  • Shruti Goyal
  • Andrew Kim
  • Ian Kim
  • Emma Melnikov
  • Krittika Prajapati
  • Hasan Suleman
  • Aaron Zachariah

As part of the induction ceremony, the audience was treated to some wonderful individual and group performances:

  • Shruti Goyal: Star Spangled Banner
  • Layla Jarrahy and Elizabeth Yuen: Double Violin Concerto in D minor
  • Ian Kim (oboe), Joyce Chen (violin), Allison Keller (viola), Camellia Ye (cello): Oboe Quartet in F Major
  • Kaileigh FiorilloNever Enough (from “The Greatest Showman”)
  • Amanda Kim and Camellia YeWith or Without You (cello arrangement)

Thank you to our Tri-M Faculty Advisor, Angela Luftig, for supporting this active student club!

Vintage Coffee and Tea House Highlights Students’ Musical and Literary Talents!

After months of submitting, revising, editing, and proofing, the 49th Edition of Vintage, Wheatley’s award-winning student literary magazine, was released amidst great fanfare at tonight’s Vintage Coffee and Tea House.

During this enjoyable event, students, faculty and family members assembled in Room 450 to hear some of the selections included in this year’s edition and to be entertained by the incredible talents of our students.

Congratulations to our Editor-in-Chief, Camellia Ye and our Editor-at-Large, Pádraig Brady,  for assembling a wonderful team of editorial assistants for this year’s truly remarkable edition. Thank you as well to Rick Wilson, the Vintage Faculty Advisor.

Performers at tonight’s evening included:

  • Tiffany Jiao
  • Ally and the Suncats
  • Grant Callahan
  • Nikolai Sotelo and Emme Resnick
  • Anya Chabria
  • Shruti Goyal
  • Huda Ayaz
  • Ben Casella
  • Lucy Zha
  • Amanda Kim
  • Kajal Kapoor
  • Maliha Ayaz
  • Kenton Wu
  • Janice Zheng
  • Emma Melnikov
  • Pádgraig Brady
  • Camellia Ye
  • Alex Horowitz
  • Charlotte Iannone

Wheatley’s Fine and Practical Arts Dinner is a Festive Celebration of Student Talent and Commitment!

Wheatley has an incredibly talented student body, involved in so many activities both inside and outside the classroom. Areas in which students have always excelled have been the fine and practical arts. From incredible stage performances to award-winning literary magazines and newspapers, Wheatley students have provided so much entertainment and value to our school and community. To recognize some of the students who have made special contributions in these areas, the faculty advisors invite them to a special dinner held at The INN at New Hyde Park.

In addition to a lovely sit-down dinner, the evening features student performances and a mini art show. The faculty advisors and students are reminded of the critical role they play in helping Wheatley remain a school where there is a place for everyone to shine.

A highlight of this evening is the presentation of the Eve and Jerry Jerome Award, a recognition given to the music student who has demonstrated outstanding skill, character and citizenship at Wheatley. Presented by Mr. Orlovsky, this year’s recipient is the incredibly talented Amanda Kim!

[Thanks to Dr. Eckers for some of the photos.]

Our East Williston School District Fine and Performing Arts Festival Inspires All Who Attend!

On Tuesday 30 April, Wheatley hosted the district’s inaugural Fine and Performing Arts Festival. Through the incredible work of our art and music teachers (with lots of support from our custodial staff!), Wheatley was transformed into a multi-room exhibit gallery highlighting the talents of our student-artists and student-musicians from all three schools.

This event proved to be one of the most well-attended events our district has ever held! Throughout the evening, there were audible gasps from parents and faculty members as they walked about and reviewed the incredible work on display.

An evening like this happens through the dedication and efforts of so many professionals throughout the district. Thank you to:

  • Steve Fitzko
  • Nicole Girgenti
  • Denise Giuliano
  • Melinda Gomez
  • Colette Hardy
  • Peggy Ho
  • Scott Hoefling
  • Angeliki Kyrou
  • Ed Lattari
  • Angela Luftig
  • Rachel MacCleod
  • Julia Maloney
  • Stan Orlovsky
  • Caroline Salm

Thanks also to Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel, Dr. Danielle Gately and Wheatley’s Assistant Principal, Dr. Karen Klapper for coordinating the event.

[Thanks to our friends at Island Photography for some of the photos!]