Valley Stream Central High School District presents 61st annual Music Festival

Valley Stream Central High School District presents 61st annual Music Festival photo

The Valley Stream Central High School District presented its 61st annual District Music Festival on March 16 in Central High School’s Keller Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Valley Stream Council of PTAs, this event brought the schools and community together for a celebration of the best musical talent the high school district has to offer.

The concert featured performances by the District Festival Symphony Orchestra led by Memorial Junior High School Orchestra Director Victoria Alaimo, the District Festival Mixed Chorus conducted by South High School’s Senior High Chorus Director, Rita Vella and the District Festival Concert Band under the guidance of South’s Band Director, Melanee Bedell. Central, North and Memorial music teachers Tara Zamorano, Debra Schneider and Laurie Hughes served as managers for the orchestra, chorus and band, respectively. 

The ensembles were formed based student auditions in January. Each group spent hours rehearsing, perfecting their programs in the three weeks running up to the concert. The musicians presented an assortment of pieces from a variety of genres, eras and cultures. As in past years, the students performed two concerts – one in the morning for an audience of students and staff members from the three Valley Stream elementary school districts, and an evening concert that included the presentation of scholarships.

Each year, proceeds from the District Music Festival Concert ticket sales help fund scholarships to a graduating senior from each high school who have demonstrated extraordinary musical involvement throughout their school careers. North High School student Chloe Cossentino, South High School student Nicole Pellman and Central High School student Kristen Stewart were honored as the 2018 music scholarship recipients.