Music Matters in Hempstead
Despite all of the hardships that school districts are facing, Hempstead Union Free School District has made an investment in the future of their students through the Long Island Philharmonic’s Performance Partners Residency.
“This program helps to promote classical music and puts students in direct contact with professional musicians,” said Dr. Karen Beluso, Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Long Island Philharmonic.
The Performance Partners program, jointly administered by Nassau BOCES and the Long Island Philharmonic is designed to help students develop a lifelong interest in music and open their minds to the opportunities available to them.
“School can be very stressful, so it’s great to have our music as an escape,” said Gabrielle Powell, a senior at Hempstead High School who participates in the program. “I’ll come to play whenever I have a break, especially right after math, my most stressful class, just to practice,” continued Powell.
“I lend my full support to this program,” said Senator Kemp Hannon, who recently stopped by one of the student rehearsals to speak with students and hear them play. “These students are an inspiration to everyone in our community and remind us of the importance of incorporating music into our educational mission,” continued Hannon.
The students performing in the residency will showcase their music in a public side-by-side concert on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7 p.m. at Hempstead High School. The public is invited free of charge.