Music Department Notes

February 2021

 

The Music Department Celebrates Black History Month - Check back for updates throughout the Month showcasing events in our schools and sharing stories of individuals making a difference in music, education, and social justice.

On February 5th, 4th and 5th Grade Elementary Students from all three schools enjoyed a Virtual Assembly (replay and more information) with Musician and Civil Rights activist Sam Waymon 

 

  

This Month we feature : Coretta Scott King

Mrs. King is recognized as an influential leader in civil rights and nonviolence; she was also an accomplished soprano and often integrated music into her civil rights work. She participated in “freedom concerts,” which consisted of poetry recitation, singing, and lectures demonstrating the history of the civil rights movement. She graduated from New England Conservatory of Music in 1954 with a degree in Music Education. She also later received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from NEC and a Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2018 NEC placed a sculpture of  Coretta Scott King to commemorate its 150th  Anniversary.

NPR: Musical Tribute to Coretta Scott King                              Why Coretta Scott King Called Music Her First Love

Announcements

  • Music Works Senior Scholarship: Application Due April 28

    The 2021 Music Works Senior Scholarship will be given to student(s) in Tri-M
    with a record of excellent community service, has had a lasting impact on the music
    program and has been accepted into a collegiate program majoring in music.

    Application Attached - or see your guidance counselor!

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  • Crane School of Music offering FREE online vocal workshops

    Online Vocal Ensemble and Singing Instruction Fridays, 4:10-5:00 / 5:10-6:00 9 weeks: March 5th- April 30th

    Classes are FREE! Ages 8-18 All levels of experience welcome

    More information and registration

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  • NYSSMA SOLO, ENSEMBLE, and JAZZ FESTIVAL 2021 INFORMATION

    The  NYSSMA Music Festival Will Be Virtual due to the ongoing pandemic.  Registration letters will be distributed through school music teachers. They are also attached here.

    Students will still prepare scales and a solo at the appropriate level for Solo, Ensemble, Jazz, and All State. Students can pre-record their material ahead of the upload dates. 

    Instead of traveling to a festival location to perform in front of a judge, students will pre-record their material with the Music First platform and upload to a designated site.  These videos will be viewed by a judge and students will receive their score and comments. There will also be no sight reading component!

    The three scales must be recorded in one take (not three videos, and not three takes edited together).

    The solo should also be one take, even if there is more than one movement in the musical selection.

    Please check back to this page for comprehensive guidelines on how to upload your materials.

    If you are in need of assistance recording your project or uploading your movie, please contact the Music Department Chairperson, Sarah Loveland-Gill or fill out this form. We will help you!

     

     

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  • NYSSMA FESTIVAL FAQ

    Each week we will revise this page to answer any questions regarding this year's virtual NYSSMA Festival.  Please contact the Music Chairperson or submit your question on this form.

     

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  • Happy Holidays from the Rockland County Music Educators!

    RCMEA Sleigh Ride

    Can you find  the Nyack Music Teachers and Administrators in this video?

     

     

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Contact Info

Sarah Loveland-Gill

Music Department Chair K-12

13A Dickinson Avenue, HTS B-17

845-353-7100 ext. 7599

slovelandgill@nyackschools.org

 

NYSSMA VIRTUAL FESTIVAL 2021 - INFORMATION

What is the same?

  • Students will register for the festival through their school music teacher
  • Students will still prepare scales/rudiments  and a solo or Ensemble piece at the appropriate level for Solo, Ensemble, Jazz, and All State.

What is Different This Year?

  • Instead of traveling to a festival location to perform in front of a judge, students will pre-record a video of  their material and upload to a designated site which will be provided by the Festival. Students can prepare their material in advance.
  • These videos will be viewed by a judge and students will receive their score and comments.
  • There will be no sight reading component this year! Everyone will receive sight reading credit!

Please review the following important information which will answer many questions:

Music First Student Tutorial 

 NYSSMA Festival General Information

Important Points To Remember:

  • The three scales must be recorded in one take (not three videos, and not three takes edited together). 
  • The solo should also be one take, even if there is more than one movement in the musical selection
  • Solo Length – For the 2021 virtual festival season: 
    • All repeats and Da Capos ARE required for level 1-3 solos and ensembles. 
    • All repeats and Da Capos are NOT required for level 4-6 solos and ensembles.

All-State Applications are competed on the NYSSMA website, same as always. Once the recommending teacher completes the application and selects enter they are done. No signatures are needed and there is no need to print a hardcopy and send to the Festival Chair. Teachers are welcome to print a copy for their own records if they like. 

We will post any updates here as they become available

 NYSSMA Information Letter 2021 - Google Docs.pdf

 NYSSMA Virtual Festival Registration 2021 - JAZZ - Google Docs.pdf 

 

2021 NYSSMA Virtual Solo & Ensemble Evaluation Festival - Student Tutorial

FAQs

Q: I am a piano student/home instruction student /not enrolled in a music class and would like to participate in NYSSMA. What should I do?

A:  Review the NYSSMA Information Letter and Application for Registration Form. Print out the form and bring it to your private teacher. Your teacher should have a current NYSSMA Manual and be able to help you complete the form including the musical selection and page in the NYSSMA Manual.  All sections must be completed. Return the application portion of the form with a check made payable to Music Works to a Nyack School Music Teacher or to the Department Chairperson. Contact Mrs. Loveland-Gill if you or your teacher have any other questions. 

Q: Are the scales and solos one video or two?

A:  You will record ONE video file which contains all three scales - one take, no edits.  Then, you will record separately ONE video file which contains your solo - one take, no edits; if your solo has more than one movement, you will perform all of it in one take. You will upload these TWO videos in different sections on the submission website. 

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Nyack High School Music Department

Nyack High School Music Department Page

Mr. Brandon Coon - Chorus/ Piano /Music Theory

Mr. Michael Humphrey - Band / Music Technology 

Ms. Tanya Chanphanitpornkit - Orchestra

Nyack Middle School Music Department

Nyack Middle School Music Department Page

Mrs. Kelly Conforti - Chorus 

Mr. Brendon Lucas - Band

Ms. Tina Allocca - Orchestra 6,7,8

Ms. Tanya Chanphanitpornkit - Orchestra 6

Mr. Anthony Travaglini, Music Technology

Elementary Music: General Music and Chorus

Nyack Public Schools Elementary Music Department Page

Faculty:

  • Ms. Sara Beth Lieberman - Valley Cottage Elementary
  • Ms. Genevieve Marino -  Liberty Elementary
  • Mr. Steve Yankou - Upper Nyack Elementary

 

Elementary Music: Orchestra and Band

Instrumental Music Faculty:

MusicWorks

  

Red Storm Marching Band

Please contact Mr. Humphrey at the High School if you are interested in joining the Red Storm Marching Band. The 20-21 RSMB is currently rehearsing virtually. Check back for updates.