M-W Faculty and Friends Concert raises $1,000 for scholarships

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  • Provided photos The Monroe-Woodbury Faculty Big Band, featuring members of the New York Swing Exchange and the Swing Shift Orchestra, performs one of three numbers at Saturday’s M-W Faculty and Friends Concert.

  • Teacher Michele George of Central Valley Elementary and Middle School Chamber Choral Director Brian Clark sing Irving Berlin’s “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun, accompanied on piano by Smith Clove Assistant Principal Nicole Regan.

  • M-W Brass Quintet members, from left to right: District Music Coordinator Chris Taborsky, music teachers Rick Regan from M-W High School, Mitchell Lang from Central Valley, Ryan Walther from M-W Middle School and M-W alum Tipitina Horowitz play the Sonata from Die Bänkelsängerlieder.

— On Saturday, neither the biting rain nor the brisk autumn wind of the season’s first Nor’easter could keep more than 100 hearty music lovers from attending the Monroe-Woodbury Music Faculty and Friends concert at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley.

Emceed by District Music Coordinator Chris Taborsky, the wide-ranging recital included performances by talented music teachers from every school in the M-W district, supported by both alums and community members.

M-W performing arts students also acted as ushers and stage crew for the event.

“Once again, the music faculty has generously risen to this special occasion, artfully affirming their seven-year designation as one of 2018’s Best Communities for Music Education,” noted Bob Curtis, longtime chairman of the Souza Scholarship, one of this annual fund raising event’s two sponsoring organizations. “We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the music faculty, and the Monroe-Woodbury School District, once again assisting the continuing scholarship programs of both Souza and the Music Boosters.”

Thanks to the hundred-plus brave souls who attended, the concert proceeds exceeded a thousand dollars, which will be shared between Music Boosters and the Souza Scholarship for bestowal of scholarships on talented M-W performing arts students in the coming years.

The eclectic program itself included vocal solos, instrumental performances on violin and clarinet, a brass quintet, an unaccompanied Timpani solo and even a big band performance.

During the concert, more than a dozen musical offerings ranged from Tchaikovsky to Irving Berlin to Count Basie to Stephen Sondheim to Aaron Copeland.

And as tradition dictates, all the performers gathered on the stage for the final performance, the Monroe-Woodbury Music Faculty and Friends Chorale, conducted by Middle School Chamber Choral Director Brian Clark.

“On behalf of myself, the Music Boosters, and the Souza committee, thank you for the wonderful afternoon of musical performances on Saturday,” wrote newly minted District Music Coordinator Christopher Taborsky to his faculty colleagues a day after the concert. “The feedback I've received thus far has been nothing but positive. From the wide variety of musical styles performed, to the professionalism demonstrated by all musicians, it was a terrific concert. And what is perhaps most rewarding is seeing students in attendance become somewhat star-struck knowing that their teacher is performing on stage.

“I'm already looking forward to next year,” Taborsky added.

EssentialsTo learn more about these performing arts support organizations, to volunteer, or to make further contributions to their efforts, use the contact information below:

Music Boosters e-mail - musicboostersmw@gmail.com

Souza Scholarship website - http://souzascholarship.org/

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