In recognition of its commitment to music education in the Port Jefferson School District, it has been ranked among the NAMM Foundation’s 2019 Best Communities for Music Education in America. The honor acknowledges schools and districts across the country for their dedication to and support for music education as part of the core curriculum. This is the 13th consecutive year the district has received the prestigious national recognition.
The district boasts numerous vocal, band and orchestral performing groups and students are provided with numerous opportunities to perform within the community. Additionally, through partnerships with Stony Brook University, local orchestras and other community groups, students have the additional benefit of learning from renowned professional musicians. This year, three district students –seventh grader Viviane Kim, ninth grader Hugo Onghai, and senior Annalisa Welinder – have performed on the stages of the Staller Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, respectively.
“This award recognizes that Port Jefferson is leading the way with learning opportunities in music education and understands that the arts is an important element of a well-rounded education for all students,” said Dr. Michael Caravello, director of music and fine arts. “We are grateful to our community who truly appreciates music education.”
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