Camellia, Amanda and Justin Named NYSMAA All-State Musicians!

Earlier this month, the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) named three Wheatley students All-State musicians!

Congratulations to:

  • Camellia Ye, Junior (cello)
  • Amanda Kim, Junior (cello)
  • Justin Vega, Senior (violin)

Students earn NYSSMA recognition through the various NYSMAA festivals held around the state in the spring. Approximately 6,500 student musicians are evaluated during this process, with roughly 900 earning All-State recognition.

Camellia will play with the Symphonic Orchestra at the NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester later this fall, with Amanda and Justin serving as alternates.

Thanks to our music faculty, Dr. Peggy Ho, Angela Luftig and Stan Orlovsky, for their support of all of our student musicians!

Photos and Videos from Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

On Sunday, 18 June, the Class of 2017 was celebrated during Wheatley’s 60th Annual Commencement Exercises! It was a wonderful ceremony filled with outstanding student speeches and musical performances.

Susan Checkla, our District Publicist, has shared some additional photos from the day. Furthermore, I was able to secure from parents some videos of some of the student performances.

You can view the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017

 

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

At tonight’s Spring Concert (Part 2), the audience was treated to wonderful performances by our Stage Band, Jazz Band, Intermediate Chorus, Intermediate & Concert Band and Symphonic Band.

Under the guidance of our music teachers, Angela Luftig, Dr. Peggy Ho and Stan Orlovsky — as well as faculty members Steven Fitzko and Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson — our music students did a wonderful job with some engaging musical pieces!

This was a special concert for many of our students, as 9 members of the Class of 2017 performed at their final Wheatley concert. We will miss them, and we wish them the best as they grow musically beyond Wheatley! The graduating seniors performing tonight were:

  • Aileen Chowdhury
  • Lianna Golden
  • Steven John
  • Allison Levy
  • Antonio Liparoto
  • Gil Lotzky
  • Brianna O’Brien
  • Sumu Pitchayan
  • Kevin Yi

 

Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts New Members!

Earlier today, before the second of our Spring Concerts, Wheatley’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 16 new members!

Congratulations to the newest members:

  • Kavina Amin
  • Kaya Amin
  • Robert Boubour
  • Patrick Brady
  • Aidan Cozzolino
  • Emily Gothelf
  • Jacob Kaufman
  • Eliana Li
  • Karthik Pitchayan
  • John Scudero
  • Vedant Singh
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Trenton Wong
  • Alia Yamin
  • Brenda Zhong
  • Sharon Zhong

As part of the induction ceremony, the audience was treated to some wonderful individual and group performances! We even had some alumni return to perform with our Honor String Ensemble!

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

Spring Concert (Part 1) Delights!

The first of our two spring concerts was held earlier this evening (Tuesday, 23 May) 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 Leidenfrost-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 16 of them being members of the Class of 2015. 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:

  • Ariana Arralde
  • Claire Baker
  • Laura D’Angelo
  • Lianna Golden
  • Sahaj Gulati
  • Rebecca Khorsandi
  • Jane Kim
  • Diana Lee
  • Lauren Levine
  • Allison Levy
  • Antonio Liparoto
  • Elizabeth Nolan
  • Kevin Yi
  • Sara Zulfiqar

Although there were so many wonderful aspects of this concert, I would be remiss if I were to not mention that Pastoral, one of the pieces performed by the Intermediate Orchestra, was composed by our very own 8th Grader, Elizabeth Yuen.

 

Concert on the Green Provides Outdoor Entertainment!

Under the combined efforts of our middle school and high school music teachers, Dr. Peggy Ho (Wheatley) and Mr. Scott Hoefling (Willets Road), the combined Wheatley and Willets Road student musicians provided a delightful Concert on the Green this past Friday evening. under beautiful skies on Tuesday evening.

Thanks to Mrs. Randi Horowitz for providing these wonderful photos of such an enjoyable event!!