East Meadow Students Give Dynamic Performance at Tilles Center

East Meadow Students Give Dynamic Performance at Tilles Center Photo 1

Hundreds of musically talented students from the district took center stage at LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on March 15 for the district’s annual music festival, captivating an audience of friends, family, faculty and administrators.

The event featured performances by students districtwide, from the combined chamber choir and wind ensemble — each consisting of students from W.T. Clarke and East Meadow high schools — to the All-District Elementary School Advanced Bands, made up of young musicians from the district’s five elementary schools.

Accompanied by the East Meadow High School Chamber Orchestra, the high school chamber choir opened with a stirring vocal performance featuring solos from seniors Erin Carlin, Juan Lucas Orozco, Alissa Rojas and Arun Sam, under the direction of Dr. David Fryling. Dr. Fryling is the director of choral activities at Hofstra University, where he conducts the university’s chorale and chamber choir and teaches choral conducting and choral literature courses.  

The All-District High School Wind Ensemble followed with ballads by renowned band composers Robert Sheldon, John Barnes Chance and Henry Fillmore. The All-District Middle School Wind Ensemble, comprised of Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle school students, sustained the tone with a dynamic performance of their own. Both groups were led by Robert Dalpiaz, a 33-year veteran of the Brentwood School District whose expertise has led to several outstanding musical accomplishments by the Brentwood High School Jazz and Wind ensembles.    

The All-District Elementary School Advanced Bands closed the program with two riveting performances, one from Barnum Woods and George McVey, the other from Bowling Green, Meadowbrook and Parkway, that brought the crowd to its feet. They performed under the baton of Erica Hartmann, an educator with the Farmingdale School District since 1999. Hartmann also conducted the Hamptons Music Educators Association Middle School Band in 2013 and the Suffolk County Music Educators Association West Division I Band in 2014.   

The district commends these musically talented students for their hard work, diligence and collaboration.