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.
Lynbrook Schools Recognized as a
Best Communities for Music Education
8th Consecutive Year!
I would like to take this opportunity to both thank and congratulate our talented and dedicated music staff, our gifted music students, the Board of Education, District Administration and of course the wonderful support of the Lynbrook Community for their combined efforts in enabling our district to receive this notable designation once again. With great pride Lynbrook Schools will display the Best Communities logo for yet another year!
Joseph J. Pallotta
Director of Fine and Performing Arts
Fine and Performing Arts Program Updates
Joseph J. Pallotta
Director of Fine & Performing Arts
May 2020 Update
Dear Lynbrook music students and parents,
I hope you are all well and looking forward to some better weather in the days ahead! Below is the most recent information regarding refunds, return of items, events, and more, which I hope you will find helpful. Please e-mail me or your music teacher if additional information is needed and most importantly, continue to stay safe and healthy!
Tri-M Music Honor Society Inductions - Mr. Waldvogel and the Tri-M Executive Board have been hard at work preparing a virtual Induction Ceremony. This Induction video will be posted on the District’s website on Thursday, June 4th. Congratulations to all our returning and new inductees!!
LHS/NYC trips - We now have all refunds from the vendors involved in both trips except for the two restaurants. As their status is still unknown, the process of issuing refunds to parents for all expenses, minus the restaurant cost is underway and checks will be mailed over the next two days. When restaurants re-open and issue refunds (or vouchers) we will process those at that time.
NYSSMA refunds – Refund checks for payments which were received and deposited will be mailed beginning Wednesday, 5/20. For payments submitted to our staff but not yet deposited when schools closed; those music teachers have and will reach out to those parents with options on how they wish them to proceed.
Return of Items
Music Instrument return:
- All students other than high school seniors, who are in possession of a school rented instrument may keep those instruments through the summer. When schools re-open, teachers will provide instructions for either re-renting the instrument for the 2020-2021 school year or for its return if no longer needed.
- Seniors who are in possession of a district rental(s) must return those instruments. Specific day(s) and times will be arranged and communicated by your music teacher and/or Mr. Rainis for dropping them off at LHS. Any seniors who have leather folders and original copies of music must return them during these specified days as well.
Marching Band/Colorguard Uniforms/Tuxedo Shirts - The same procedure will be used for these items as instrument drop-off. Our music staff will provide date(s), times, and instructions to drop off at LHS in June.
Elementary School Concert Vests - For students who have their concert vests at home, your Principals and/or music teachers will be in touch regarding specified days and times will when they can be returned to your schools. Once received, all garments will be sent out to be professionally cleaned.
Senior Music Plaque
It has been a long-standing tradition to present each music senior a plaque at the end of year awards dinner, featuring a group photo and designating the major ensemble(s) each performed in. I would like to carry on this tradition, and as we obviously cannot be together as a group, we will be using graduation photos and have these plaques created and presented as a small token of appreciation from the Dept. of Fine & Performing Arts. Arrangements will be made to distribute all awards, scholarship checks and the photo plaques as soon as possible after the airing of our Music Awards Ceremony on June 11th.
April 2020 Update
Following is the most recent information available regarding art and music spring events affected by the current situation. I hope this information provides answers to questions you may have. Subsequent updates will be provided as additional information becomes available. Please continue to stay safe and remain healthy!
- Art Supervisors Association All County Exhibit- My congratulations again to our district’s thirty-three All-County Art recipients. With the March exhibit at Farmingdale College being cancelled, several of the items that would have been presented and/or available to these students will now be sent by the Art Supervisors Association to District Arts Directors in the coming weeks and subsequently distributed to our K-11 All-County students at such time when school resumes. Provisions will of course be made for seniors if that does not occur this [school] year. Items will include official All-County labels to affix to the artwork, an electronic copy of the program containing all student recipients and schools, a signed All County Certificate for each student and the scholarship check and special Gold Label designation for LHS’ Senior Art Scholar Victoria Marzari. Moving forward, all art teachers will be collecting the selected artwork from these students to display in and around the high school art gallery in September.
- Parents and Friends of Music Awards Dinner- In the event school has not resumed in time for this wonderful year-end event to take place, plans are being made to present a Virtual Parents & Friends Music Awards Night, which all will be able to watch via the districts website. As with the actual ceremony, the event will be hosted by myself and the LHS Music staff. A link will be provided to view the event on the same night and time as originally scheduled – Thursday, June 11th @ 6:00 PM. All awards and scholarships presented that evening will be distributed post ceremony at a date and in a manner to be determined.
- Tri-M Music Honor Society Inductions- Mr. Waldvogel, LHS choral teacher and advisor to the LHS chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, along with the student Executive Board, were poised to induct 14 new and 37 returning members to join 13 present senior members at the April 7th ceremony. They have been communicating since to formulate plans for a “virtual” induction ceremony; the date and time of which will be announced when determined.
- NYSSMA and NMEA All-County- As communicated earlier, all NYSSMA Evaluation Festivals in NYS have been cancelled. This includes both All-State and Regular (non-AS) festivals. NYSSMA Festival Evaluation scores are key factors in determining acceptance into many honors ensembles including All State, All-County and LISFA. NYSSMA, our state school music organization and NAFME, the national organization have been communicating regularly and have just released their decisions regarding next school year’s All-State and All-National conferences and the selection process for high school students:
“We are moving forward with the Winter Conference and an All State Experience in December of 2020. We have chosen to keep an opportunity for students who will be Seniors in September and will use the data from the 2019 Solo Festival Season. All present Juniors (Class of 2021) who did an All State Solo in the Spring of 2019 (Festival 2019) and earned a rating of 98,99, or 100, which recommended them for All State, will have the opportunity to apply for this year's All State.”
With our National and State organizations now rendering decisions, I would expect the Nassau Music Educators Association to do the same regarding All-County selections soon.
- LHS Music Trip Refunds- The District is in the process of issuing refunds for canceled field trips and other canceled events. Unfortunately, some of the fees collected have been already been paid to the various theaters and/or restaurants involved in the trips. Therefore, the District cannot issue full refunds for all events. We have been in contact with the vendors involved since the cancellations to obtain refunds for all components of both music trips. As these venues/organizations have been closed as well, or operating with a significantly reduced staff, there have been unavoidable delays in both communication and processing. Thus far refunds have been received from the Disney workshop (Chorus trip) and the West Side Story/Radio City Tour tickets (Band/Orchestra trip). We were recently contacted regarding the Aladdin tickets, which makes up the bulk of the chorus expense, informing us that Disney Theatricals has just [fully] refunded those tickets to the group sales department and although they cannot yet determine a precise timeline, processing and mailing a refund check can now proceed. As for the two restaurants, both have indicated they will not process refunds (or may provide vouchers instead) until fully operational once again. When funds are received and re-deposited, (250) checks must be (hand) written, addressed, and mailed. I will provide a timeline for your receipt of the checks during that process.
- Parents of Second Grade Students- Normally, a letter apprising second grade parents of music ensemble opportunities and its subsequent connection to middle school music ensembles is sent home in the spring. That letter can be found in the gold column to the left. As starter/beginner’s groups for band and orchestra is not offered in our middle schools, music choices made in elementary school need to be carefully considered. Please select the link Middle School Music Requirements for Elementary Parents for complete information.