Valley Stream Music Teachers Earn GRAMMY Recognition

Valley Stream Music Teachers Earn GRAMMY Recognition Photo
The Valley Stream Central High School District is proud to announce that two music teachers have been recognized as Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists by the GRAMMY Foundation and Recording Academy. Memorial Junior High School Orchestra Teacher Victoria Alaimo and South High School Director of Orchestras Elizabeth Klamkin each achieved this prominent distinction based on their significant and lasting contributions to the field of music education and commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

Ms. Alaimo and Ms. Klamkin were both named quarterfinalists last year as well. They are among only 290 quarterfinalists that were identified out of more than 3,300 nominees from across country, and are now eligible to advance to semifinalist status with the prospect of eventually being included in a pool of ten finalists from which the grand winner will be selected.  

A member of the Valley Stream Central High School District music faculty since 2002, Ms. Alaimo served as Department Head of Fine and Performing Arts at Memorial from 2004-2011. In addition to her role as a teacher, she is the Tri-M Music Honor Society advisor and the conductor of the select ensemble “Memorial Strings,” which has held an undefeated 1st place title at the Dorney Park Music in the Parks Festival for more than five years.

Ms. Alaimo also serves as a consultant and guest conductor for many non-profit educational organizations in New York and Miami. She was one of the conductors for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, where she led students in concerts at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and participated with students on performance tours throughout the world. As a musician, she has been featured in a number of prestigious programs, competitions and performance events.  

Ms. Klamkin has been teaching at South for 16 years and additionally conducts the select Chamber Ensemble and advises the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She achieved a major career accomplishment when the Chamber Orchestra was invited to perform at Walt Disney World in Orlando. 

A musician since the age of four, Ms. Klamkin has performed at Carnegie Hall and participated in orchestras in Manhattan and Long Island. As an educator, she leads students in outreach initiatives that benefit organizations and efforts such as the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Sunrise Walk and the Autism Walk at Jones Beach. She also spearheaded the “Shro-Show” in 2011, a musical extravaganza that raised money for a student who was battling leukemia.  

“Having one teacher as a quarterfinalist is a great honor for any school district,” said Director of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Adam Erdos. “That the Valley Stream Central High School District has two is further proof that our music faculty is second to none. Ms. Alaimo and Ms. Klamkin are both outstanding music educators and are thoroughly deserving of this designation in every way.”