Fine and Performing Arts
Director of Fine & Performing Arts
Art Department Chair (Secondary)
Fine & Performing Arts Secretary
The Lynbrook School District’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers a comprehensive K-12 curriculum for students in music and the visual arts. The overriding objective of the program is focused on providing instruction for all students in these areas whether the goal is arts as a vocation, an avocation, or to enhance our students aural and visual awareness and appreciation of the arts.
With the strong support of our community, the Board of Education and Central Administration we are proud to have earned the distinction of Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation once again this year. Together with an award winning Fine Arts program Lynbrook Schools continues to provide our students with exceptional experiences in the arts.
This website you will provide you with ongoing information regarding the art, music and theater programs including a calendar of events, important news and announcements, student achievements and needed forms and documents regarding many aspects of the program. Please see the gold bar to the left for links to these resources.
Fine and Performing Arts Updates:
Now that the district's Distance Learning plan is
up and running, I would like to share information as to what is taking
place in the Fine and Performing Arts Department. All art and music
teachers, at every level, have prepared assignments and activities to
provide instruction and maintain educational engagement for our
students. As delineated in a previous message from Dr. Burak, the top
link on each school building's website entitled Remote Learning
Resources will allow students to readily access the assignments and
activities. Within these, our teachers may utilize a number of various
platforms and sites such as Edmodo, YouTube, Seesaw, Flipgrid, One Note
and others which will serve to provide our talented students with
interesting, entertaining and educationally sound activities to keep
them artistically and musically engaged.
Instrumental teachers have provided specific practice assignments for
both concert music and method books (where utilized) to further
performance skills. These past few days, band and orchestra teachers
have reached out to their students to identify any who may still need to
pick-up instrument(s) for home practice. That pick-up, as was
communicated, will be tomorrow, Friday, March 20th from 10 am-noon at
each of our schools. If your student does need their instrument and
you/they have not yet informed their teacher, please e-mail them
directly or come to your school during those hours on Friday. As we
travel through these uncertain times, I will continue to send
information, post to the Fine and Performing Arts webpage and share with
related organizations as it becomes available.
Please stay well!
Joseph J. Pallotta
Director of Fine & Performing Arts
Lynbrook Public Schools
LHS National Art Honor Society Donates to Community
Each October, The Lynbrook chapter of the National Art Honor Society is proud to present their annual Night of the Pumpkins where the 50+ members intricately carve over 100 pumpkins and host numerous fun activities for families in our community. This year, the NAHS is proud to report that over $7,000 was raised from this extremely popular evening. The organization, under the advisorship of LHS art teacher Mr. Michael Kunz and Co-Presidents Victoria Marzari and Madelyn Colonna have invested the proceeds of this event back into our community, and with members of the organization is seen here presenting a $5000 check to Mrs. Ivy Riley, President of the Lynbrook Excellence in Education Foundation at the December Board of Education meeting.
Additionally, over the Thanksgiving Break, the National Art Honor Society hosted the third annual Gifted Online Auction. Twenty fantastic student artists each created an 8x10 inch landscape based on the works of famous painters of the Hudson River School of Art. Bidding began on Wednesday November 27th and ended on the evening of December 2nd. Within those five days, the bidding for these beautiful landscapes greatly exceeded the original goal and raised in excess of over $650.00. With these proceeds, the NAHS decided to purchase gift cards which will be contributed to Lynbrook families in need this holiday season. The organization is seen here presenting the funds to Ms. Laurie Mitchell District Director of Guidance who will help see the cards go to those families. The NAHS, would like to thank all of those who cast a bid and helped make this incredible achievement possible.
2019 NYSSMA All State Students
Lynbrook High School and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts are very proud to announce that the six talented students pictured, were selected as participants or alternates for the 2019 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference performing ensembles. The conference and concerts were held in Rochester, NY from December 5th-8th. Select students traveled to Rochester for four days of rehearsals under the direction of nationally prominent conductors followed by performances at the renowned Eastman Theater. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor at NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festivals held across the state last spring. All-State eligible students must perform Level 6 music (most difficult) and receive the highest of scores to be considered for these elite honor groups.
Congratulations to All!!
Joshua Christian, Alternate; Emily Bergin, String Orchestra; Camilla Bahri, String Orchestra; Arpie Bakhshian, Alternate; Ricki Rizzo, Treble Choir; John Kelhetter, Mixed Chorus
Mr. Sena’s artwork shown at Islip Museum
On August 3rd at the Islip Art Museum, LHS Art teacher Mr. Tom Sena and fellow art educator/artist Ms. Lisa Federici from Mepham High School presented their first collaborative piece together as part of the museum’s “The Art of Collaboration “exhibit.
As working artists and art educators with over 35 years of combined experience, Mr. Sena and Ms. Federici’s “ephemerality” marks their first collaboration. The work synthesizes Ms. Federici’s exploratory practice with recycled sari silks and hand sewing techniques with a piece that captures Mr. Sena’s early forays into his artistic process. The surface the skull is applied to is a section of his very first drafting table purchased during his sophomore year in high school. The marks visible are tangible evidence of his past artistic endeavors. The skull is her perspective on the Vanitas Movement. The piece is representative of regeneration and new life, both through the surface and the fabric. The recycled sari silks are sourced from factory floors in India and repurposed for sale by women’s collectives, giving the women additional avenues of income. By using the material in this way on this surface, the piece comes together in a new form: giving their past forms a sense of ephemerality.
Congratulation to both on such a successful collaboration!