62nd annual District Music Festival

62nd annual District Music Festival

Musicians throughout the Valley Stream Central High School District brought their talents together to form a harmonized and awe-inspiring show. The 62nd annual District Music Festival was held on March 22 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 Symphony Orchestra led by Tara Zamorano, the District Mixed Chorus conducted by Debra Schneider and the District Concert Band under the guidance of Memorial Junior High School’s Band Director Laurie Hughes. South music teachers Elizabeth Klamkin, Kyle Hayden and Daniel Creegan served as managers for the orchestra, chorus and band, respectively. 

The band played Mozart’s “Symphony No. 25” and Shostakovich’s “Waltz No. 2,” along with a “Bond…James Bond” medley of movie themes. The chorus presented “Peace I Give to You” as a special tribute to Grace Kerr, a beloved friend and staff member that sadly passed away due to cancer. They also sang “Gloria,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Tshotsholoza” and Bastille’s popular song, “Good Grief.” The band performed Jerry Bilik’s “Block M,” Richard Saucedo’s “Along an English Countryside” and Rossano Galante’s “Redemption,” in addition to an enthralling “Disney Villains Medley” by Eiji Suzuki, Bruce Healey, Buddy Baker and Modest Mussorgsky. 

Each year proceeds from the District Music Festival Concert ticket sales help fund a scholarship for a graduating senior from each high school who has demonstrated extraordinary musical involvement throughout his or her school career. North High School student Amelia Cossentino, South High School student Tessa Yan and Central High School student Kaithlyn Massiah were honored as the 2019 music scholarship recipients.