Throughout the month of December, students in all of the East Islip School District’s buildings performed winter concerts to the delight of parents and community members. East Islip takes pride in having one of the strongest music departments in Suffolk County. In addition to the musical skills learned by students, connectivity to other subject areas such as mathematics and literacy are evident in their rehearsals and lessons.
Nearly 500 students from East Islip Middle School displayed their talents for a packed audience of over 3000, while musicians from all four elementary schools performed holiday favorites such as “Hot Chocolate,” with beginner students demonstrating skills at an advanced level.
Sung by the East Islip High School’s honors choir and accompanied by the school’s wind ensemble, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was a highlight of the winter concert series, with the audience invited to sing the final chorus as a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. The string orchestra’s stirring rendition of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” resulted in a standing ovation. Other stellar performances from the two high school concerts included the overture from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” played by the symphony orchestra, as well as the closing performance by the wind ensemble.
“Our community was treated to the ‘joy of music’ presented by our elementary, middle and high school music departments,” said impressed Board of Education President Glenn Reed. “As board members, we all appreciated the chance to hear the bands, orchestras and choirs perform in our beautiful auditorium, and we give thanks to the students for their performances, the faculty for their efforts in bringing out the best we have to offer, and the parents for getting the students to all of the rehearsals. Our scholar-musicians are a credit to East Islip and something – particularly during this recent holiday season – we can all be proud of.”
Photos by Greg Fasolino and Glenn Reed