The Harborfields Central School District’s thriving art and music programs were highlighted at the April 19 Board of Education meeting.
First up was a live performance of an excerpt of Harborfields High School musical “Newsies,” featuring a showcase number from the entire theater company and pit orchestra. This was followed by an appearance by the Harborfields High School Marching Band, walking through the audience and auditorium to put on a bravura performance. Several student-musicians addressed the audience, describing their positive experiences in the marching band.
“When you look at who was up here, you had your vocal students, string students, band students and faculty members,” K-12 Music Department Coordinator Dan Bilawsky said. “This really was a wonderful thing that tied together the whole music department in one package.”
In student art recognitions, the Board honored Harborfields High School students Sarah Ahlsen, Giada LoPorto, Liza McPherson and Nora Sweeney-Gladen for their selection in the 16th annual Go APE Advanced Placement Exhibition at the Art League of Long Island; Alex Braunstein (winning a Silver Key award) and Liza McPherson (winning Gold Key, Silver Key and honorable mention) for their success in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers; and Sophia Rose (who won second place), Nora Sweeney-Gladen and Samantha Urmaza for being chosen for the 27th annual “Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum” gallery show.