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First Districtwide 6th Grade Orchestra Performs at NYSSMA Major Organization Festival

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We are thrilled to share some exciting news from the Northport-East Northport 6th grade Orchestra, under the direction of Mrs. Kathleen Vitevitch! This year, the two middle school 6th grade Orchestras had the incredible opportunity to perform at the NYSSMA Major Organization Festival as a combined orchestra. We are proud to announce that our performance, which took place at Brentwood HS on April 4th, 2024, received a Silver rating.

In order to prepare for this prestigious event, we had a combined rehearsal with the 6th grade orchestras. This collaboration began with our annual Night of a Thousand Strings Concert, which took place the day before our NYSSMA Majors performance. By bringing our students together, we aim to foster a sense of unity and camaraderie among them, as they will eventually meet again at the high school level in a few years.

We strongly believe in the importance of enhancing our students' social interactions to help them become more socially adept in today's world. Many students have noted that when we rehearsed together, they knew some of their peers from outside activities, such as sports or dance. This integration not only strengthens their musical abilities but also allows them to form lasting friendships and connections.

We would like to share the thoughts of two of our talented students, Nora Jung and Nina Chang, who had the following to say about their experience:

"We played in a united way and performed beautifully together."

We are incredibly proud of all of our students for their dedication and hard work. Their commitment to excellence is truly inspiring.

Thank you for your continued support of the Northport-East Northport School Orchestra. We are grateful for the opportunity to nurture our students' musical talents and provide them with enriching experiences. Stay tuned for more updates and upcoming events!