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Fine and Performing Arts

The South Country School District is proud of the many achievements of our Fine and Performing Arts program.  We offer a comprehensive art and music program for all students beginning in kindergarten through 12th grade.   Our offerings in Visual Arts and Music provide opportunities for students to explore new modes of creative expression and increase understanding of the ways in which the arts shape and enrich cultural awareness.   Through creative expression, students are encouraged to develop a lifelong appreciation for the Arts.  

Our students' artwork is continuously exhibited at a variety of showcases and our music students regularly earn top rankings at competitive festivals.  We take great pride in promoting our student achievements, providing highlights of our exhibits and performances.

 

Performing Arts News Archive

 

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South Country Students At Colors Art Exhibit

Students in the South Country School District had the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Long Island Museum COLORS Student Exhibition. Art students from Kreamer Street Elementary School, Brookhaven Elementary School, Verne W. Critz Elementary School, Frank P. Long Intermediate School, Bellport Middle School and Bellport High School joined other student artists from across Long Island in this wonderful exhibit. The opening reception was held on Sunday March 5th in Stony Book where our young artists have the chance to show off their artwork to their family, friends and community. Our artists include:


*Kreamer Elementary School:
Art Exhibit 1
Sarah Raghunandan, grade 3
Madelyn Schmidt, grade 3

*Verne W. Critz Elementary School:
Noelia Perez, grade 3, not pictured
Charlotte Keyes, grade 1, not pictured

*Brookhaven Elementary School:
Art Exhibit 2
Reece Lesser, grade 1
Art Exhibit 3
Raegan Higgins, grade 1


*Frank P. Long Intermediate School:
Molly Hough, grade 4
Chris Lopez-Garcia, grade 4

*Bellport Middle School:
Art Exhibit 4
Jarithsa Molina Iniguez, grade 7
Art Exhibit 5
Amanda Miano, grade 8

*Bellport High School:
Art Exhibit 6
Rebecca Priemer, grade 12
Megan Carrasquillo, grade 12, not pictured





2016 Bellport HS All-State Musicians

The selection committees for the 2016 New York State School Music Association Conference selected three Bellport High School musicians to perform at this year's All-State NYSSMA Winter Music Conference. The festival and conference will take place in Rochester, NY, beginning Thursday, December 1 and ending Sunday, December 4. Two days of concert performances will be held at the renowned Eastman Theater of the Eastman School of Music.

Each of these students received a perfect score (A+, 100) from state adjudicators on their solo performances at last spring's NYSSMA Solo Festival held at Rocky Point High School.

Bellport High School's All-State musicians include:
Deanna DeMartino Alto II Women's Chorus
Lili Salcedo-Watson Cello String Orchestra
Laurel Zimlinghaus Clarinet Band (Alternate)

Each student was notified of their acceptance to the All-State Music Conference by mail in late August. They are one of 900 NYS student musicians selected to perform in one of the eight prestigious All-State performing ensembles. This represents a remarkable achievement, as there were over 6,500 students that auditioned statewide for a position in the All-State Music Festival. . In fact, Deanna and Lili enjoy the rare distinction of being selected for All-State two consecutive years! Performing ensembles include the All-State Band, Wind Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, Women's Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. South Country had 15 high school students audition for All-State last spring.

The music department is very proud to have Deanna, Lili and Laurel represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event!

photo caption: L-R Lili Salcedo Watson, Deanna Dimartino and Laurel Zimlinghaus




Bellport High School Student named LIAA Scholar Artist

Bellport High School is proud to announce that Alexa Orsino is the recipient of the Long Island Scholar Artist award. Each year the Long Island Scholar Artist program recognizes students who excel academically and in the areas of music, visual arts, dance, theater, or media arts. The Long Island Arts Alliance and the members of the Educators’ Committee selected Alexa based on her Photography portfolio and her academic ranking. Alexa is one of 20 Long Island students to receive this honor and will be featured in Newsday during the month of January.

A kickoff event to announce this year’s recipients was held in September and there will be a reception in May at the Tilles Center to honor all recipients and their families.

Please join us in recognizing Alexa for this prestigious award.

 


37 Student Musicians Selected to Represent South Country at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association All County Festivals (March, 2016)

 

SCMEA Division I Music Festival

The Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association selected 11 Bellport Middle School musicians and 8 Frank P. Long musicians as participants in the 2016 Division I All-County Music Festival.  Bellport will have representatives in all three performing organizations:  All-County Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.  A concert performance was held on Sunday, March 13 at Ward Mellvile High School. Selections for All-County were made from nominations submitted by district music teachers, along with a copy of each student’s 2015 NYSSMA Solo Evaluation form.  These prestigious organizations recognize Suffolk’s most accomplished music students in grades 5 and 6.  
Participants in the Division I All-County Music Festival are:

Division I Band:
Kaitlyn Foley Mallets Frank P. Long

Sydney Macioce Flute Middle School
Giana Porter Flute Middle School
Rylie Sikeotis Flute Middle School
Grace Zimlinghaus French Horn Frank P. Long

Division I Chorus:
Keira Ballan Children’s Voice Frank P. Long
Jeremiah Branch Children’s Voice Frank P. Long
Emma Butler Children’s Voice Middle School
Madison Midgett Children’s Voice Frank P. Long
Kevin Munson Children’s Voice Middle School
Angela Nadeau Children’s Voice Middle School
Kennedy Parris Children’s Voice Middle School
Annalise Scotto-Lavino Children’s Voice Frank P. Long

Division I Orchestra:
Hannah Carlson Violin Frank P. Long
Natalia Cuccurese Violin Middle School
Violet Gordon Violin Middle School
Abigail Horn Viola Middle School
Bally Warren Double Bass Middle School
Abigail Welch Violin Frank P. Long

SCMEA Division II Music Festival 

The Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) selected 7 Bellport Middle School musicians as members of the 2016 Division II All-County Music Festival.  South Country has representatives in all three performing organizations, including the All-County Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.  Three rehearsals, totaling 14 hours, culminated in a late afternoon concert at Ward Melville High School on Sunday, March 13th.  Selections of All-County students were made from NYSSMA Solo Festival evaluation sheets / scores and nominations submitted by district music teachers.  The SCMEA Division II All-County Music Festival recognizes Suffolk’s most accomplished music students in grades 7 and 8.  

Representing South Country for 2016 are:


Division II Band:
Anthony Notartomaso Baritone/Euphonium
Alexis Noel Spence Flute
Katherine Vignona Trumpet

Division II Chorus:
Emily Gentzel Alto
Brianna Malchiodi Soprano

Division II Orchestra:
Jack Armann Violin
Troy Sica Viola

SCMEA Division III Music Festival

Eleven Bellport High School musicians were selected to participate in the 2016 Division III All-County Music Festival on March 5, 11 and 12, 2016. The event is sponsored by the Suffolk Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA).  Faculty and students from 25 school districts throughout eastern Suffolk County took part in this very special event. Bellport High School had representatives in each of the three performing groups, All-County Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.  The three-day festival culminated in a concert performance at Ward Melville High School on Saturday, March 12th.  This festival recognizes Suffolk’s most accomplished high school music students in grades 9 and 10.  Selections were made based upon each student’s 2015 NYSSMA Solo Festival evaluation rating and nominations submitted by school music teachers.  

Selected to the 2016 Division III All-County Music Festival are:


Division III Band:
Angelina Caroli Bb Clarinet
Emily Caruso Bb Clarinet
Ben Greene Trombone
Marielle Jankowski Bb Clarinet
Tyler Zapata Trumpet
Andrew Zimlinghaus Alto Sax

Division III Chorus:
Joseph Murphy Bass

Division III Orchestra:
Grace Armann Violin
Kai Hatcher Viola
Sarah Vaccaro Viola
Lacey Walsh Oboe 


Bellport HS Musicians Chosen for All-County Music Festival (November, 2015)

The South Country Music Department is proud to announce that eight Bellport High School musicians were chosen to participate in the 2015 High School All-County Music Festival. The Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME) and the Suffolk Music Educators' Association (SCMEA) sponsor this event jointly.

Bellport has representatives in four performing groups, the All-County Mixed Chorus, Women's Chorus, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. Over 14 hours of rehearsals will culminate in a concert performance at Huntington High School on Friday, November 20, 2015.

Selections were made based upon each student's NYSSMA Solo Festival rating and nominations submitted by school music teachers last June.
This festival recognizes Suffolk's most accomplished high school music students in grades 11 and 12.

Representing Bellport High School are:

Edward Adler Clarinet Symphonic Band
Ashley Berrell Trombone Symphonic Band
Deanna DiMartino Alto II Women's Chorus
Shannon Gibbons Alto II Women's Chorus
Natalie Maida Alto II Mixed Chorus
Rachel Milia French Horn Symphony Orchestra
Lili Salcedo-Watson Cello Symphony Orchestra
Laurel Zimlinghaus Clarinet Symphony Orchestra


The music department is very proud to have Edward, Ashley, Deanna, Shannon, Natalie, Rachel, Lili and Laurel represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event!

 


Bellport High School Music Students Selected for NYSSMA All-State Festival (December, 2015)

The selection committees for the 2015 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference have chosen three Bellport High School Musicians to perform at this year’s NYSSMA All-State Music Festival.  The festival, which is part of the NYSSMA Winter Conference, will take place in Rochester, NY, beginning Thursday, December 3 and ending Sunday, December 6.   Two days of concert performances will be held at the renowned Eastman Theater of the Eastman School of Music. 

Each of these students received a perfect score (A+, 100) from state adjudicators on their solo performances at last spring’s NYSSMA Solo Festival held at William Floyd High School, on April 17 and 18.  

Bellport High School’s All-State musicians include:
Deanna DeMartino Alto II Mixed Chorus 
Natalie Maida Alto II Mixed Chorus
Natalie Maida Jazz Alto Voice Vocal Jazz 
Lili Salcedo-Watson Cello         Orchestra (alt.)

Each student was notified of their acceptance to the All-State Music Conference by mail in late August.  They are one of 900 NYS student musicians selected to perform in one of the eight prestigious All-State performing ensembles.  This represents a remarkable achievement, as there were over 6,500 students that auditioned statewide for a position in the All-State Music Festival.  Performing ensembles include the All-State Band, Wind Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  South Country had 10 high school students audition for All-State last spring.

The Music Department is very proud to have Deanna, Natalie and Lili represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event! 

 

 

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