Musicians Receive Notoriety and Expert Guidance

Several Edmund W. Miles Middle School student-musicians were commended for their participation in various regional festivals and music events this winter.

The Amityville School District congratulates Christine Hermann for winning the 2013 Electronic Music Composition Contest, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. Christine's composition, titled "Crazy Space," won first place in the middle school category. As a result, her name is listed on the NAfME website and she will be published in the Music Educators Journal. She will also receive a cash prize. The contest recognizes outstanding compositions and highlights the effectiveness of music technology in school curricula. Entries are judged based on aesthetic quality, use of electronic media and presentation of effective use of curriculum.

Michael Dealy was chosen to participate in the 2013 Suffolk County Music Educators Association Day of Tuba and Euphonium, held in November at Smithtown West High School. Michael, a returning participant to the festival, was one of approximately 300 tuba players from Suffolk County selected to perform. While at the event, he and the other participants received creative input from Northport native Philip Sinder, professor of tuba and euphonium at the Michigan State University College of Music.

Additionally, EWMMS flutists Kalavin Cruz, Aaron Mathurin and Angela Murphy participated in the 2013 Long Island Flute Festival held at Copiague High School in November.While there, Kalavin, Aaron, Angela and other attendees had the opportunity to learn from Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, professor of flute at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. The Hofstra Flute Choir also performed at the festival.

EWMMS Principal Dr. Michele Darby (left), EWMMS music teacher Nicole Altamura and Amityville School District Director of Fine Arts Fran Fernandez (right) are pictured congratulating Kalavin, Christine, Angela, Michael and Aaron.