EYC Production of GREASE

Musicians Needed

Rehearsals for the Eastchester Youth Council’s production of GREASE begins Monday 6/27 at 7pm. Musicians (Eastchester residents, ages 13-21) still needed – ALL instruments welcome.

If interested, please arrive at the Eastchester High School Band Room by 7:00pm tomorrow, Monday 6/27.  This is a wonderful opportunity for musicians to experience accompanying a stage production. Here is a note from EYC Founder, Bunny Rappaport:

Our summer theatre begins rehearsals one week early to accommodate the fact that our show will be presented one week earlier than usual. (July 29th and 30th)

Cast, Crew and Orchestra company members of  EYC summer theatre will begin orientation and rehearsals on Monday, June 27, at7pm at EHS. Our regular schedule will continue on Tues the 28th,  Wed the 29th  and Thurs the 30th. We will meet Mon-Thurs. from July 5th forward unless you are notified in advance. (no rehearsal on Monday July 4th)

Please make every effort to be there and let me know by email or phone, if you have a problem. (760-2517)

VERY IMPORTANT!!!  We are still in need of at least four more guys to join us. Gals, I hope you talked to some male friends and asked them to be “Greasers” they do not have to be experienced singers or dancers.  If you have anyone who is interested, let me know and ask them to come to the rehearsal to sign up. We will extend the signup period through next week.  Ladies who couldn’t make audition dates are welcome to sign up as well.

Sue and I, along with John, Michael, Stu and Vinny are anxious to begin the fun of this great musical. Lots of laughs and great music, not to mention an exceptional “Greased Lightening” car.

Please bring $20 for a company tee shirt. We will measure for costumes as well.

See you on Monday,


Any questions regarding the production, please contact Music Director, Stu Rabin: sturabin914@me.com

My daughter has played cello for EYC for 3 years – any general questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly. (Diane Lama, dtflama@gmail.com)


Faculty 2015-2016 Highlights

These are just some of things our wonderful music faculty have been up to over the course of the 2015-2016 school year…

Ms. Katherine Ness 

  • All kindergarten students made their Eastchester concert debuts performing in the Winter Concerts in December.  First grade students performed two concerts this year- the Winter Concerts in December and the Moving-Up Concert in June.
  • All students got to experience the instruments of the orchestra before their eyes.  As part of a special unit on instrument families, the Music Boosters arranged to borrow several instruments from Crestwood music.  The students were fascinated to see the flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, harp, snare drum, triangle, and cymbals as part of this special demonstration!
  • Westchester Conservatory music therapist Tina Brescia visited our self-contained special education classes for 15 sessions to co-teach with Mrs. Ness.

Ms. AnneMarie Smith (Greenvale)

  • Second Graders performed a musical revue “Everyday is Earth Day.” It   was well received; both students and audience were pleased with the outstanding performance of such a young group!
  • Third Graders performed a recorder concert to display the skills they had acquired from recorder study throughout the year.  Each class performed an individual piece and a finale was performed by the entire grade level.  An impressive listening experience was enjoyed by all!
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus Members performed two wonderful concerts this year-a Winter and Spring Concert.  All 186 members sang their hearts out  to a “sold out” audience at Eastchester High School.  Soon there will not be enough risers to hold all the chorus members; nor room in the auditorium for their adoring fans! Bravo, Greenvale!

Mr. Doug Zantay (Elementary Band Program) 

  • All 4th graders were introduced to their instruments and were instructed on a rotating lesson schedule 1 or 2 times per week.
  • All 5th grade band students were scheduled for rotating lessons 1 or 2 times per week. They performed a Winter Concert.
  • All 4th graders were combined into 1 group by January and began rehearsing as a band
  • The 5th grade band was combined with the 4th grade band by the end of April. The 4th graders performed a Spring concert with the 5th graders and also by themselves as a separate band. The 5th graders also performed with the 4th grade band and by themselves.
  • The Anne Hutchinson 4th grade band performed for both the Awards Ceremony and the 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony at the end of June.
  • Nine 4th and 5th grade band students performed a NYSSMA solo. One student participated in All County band.

Mr. James Gedge (Adaptive Music Teacher)

  • All of my adaptive music students attended a workshop and performance of “Up and Away” at Lincoln Center. Including the NBC News segment featuring some of our kids.
  • The New York Philharmonic Orchestra was the subject of another Lincoln Center trip for a rehearsal featuring a new work based upon the late Impressionistic era known as DaDa.
  • An acting troupe from the Lincoln Center Education Program performed for our 7th grade classes and selected 11th grade classes a performance of “American Revolution.”
  • The Westchester Conservatory of Music Special Music teacher, Lisa Sandagata visited our music classes 30 times to team teach with Mr. Gedge’s adaptive classes.
  • Two bus loads of 6th, 7th and 8th graders attended the Taconic Opera Performances of Pagliacci and Trial by Jury.

Mr. Mark Dodge (MS/HS)

  • 8th grade band was awarded a GOLD rating the NYSSMA Majors Festival.
  • Over 60 music students in the middle/high school participated in the NYSSMA Solo Festival.
  • Several students were nominated and participated in the Northern Westchester Honors Band held at North Salem High School in October 2015.
  • Several students were selected for all-county band and all-county orchestra with performances at SUNY Purchase in March.
  • Tri-M National Music Honors Society held a recital at the Eastchester Public Library.
  • Tri-M students lead a sing-a-long at IHM in December.
  • In December, the HS Full Orchestra, HS Chorus and HS Jazz Band performed in the lobby of the MetLife building in NYC.

Many thanks to you all for enriching the lives and education of our children!


A Smashing Success!

Inaugural Careers in the Arts Evening – A Smashing Success

On June 3, 2016 the Eastchester Music Boosters hosted a Career in the Arts event – the first district event focused solely an arts careers. With 65+ people in attendance including students, parents and alumni, the evening was an entertaining and informative success that resulted in an overall sense of gratitude for this type of event.

The Music Boosters invited Eastchester alumni who work or are studying in the arts, to speak about their career path, challenges and advice to current Eastchester students.  The evening was guided by Katherine Ness, one of our fine music faculty members and included the following speakers:

  • The audience was riveted to hear from guest speaker David Viviano, a parent in the district, who is the Chief Economist for SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists). He explained the economic context of the arts industries and the pros and cons of pursuing a performance arts career. Alumni in the audience could be seen nodding their heads in agreement with his commentary and advice.
  • Mike McCann (Tauss), a 1972 alumnus and 41-year broadcast professional, shared the importance of finding a college that will lead to good training and opportunities in the field you have chosen. He stressed self-educating (continuous reading) as a key to success. Do background reading so you go into a situation informed.  He mentioned other well-known people in the field of broadcasting and music who graduated from Eastchester High School.
  • Kimberly Giannelli, a 2001 alumna, shared her experiences in the world of dance. She stressed that you need to diversify your skill set. On one of her auditions she discovered that dancing was not the only skill being evaluated – she was also expected to sing.  She felt like the student who forgot to study for a test when the rest of the class was prepared…and she vowed to never put herself in that position again.
  • Pierre Piscitelli, a 2009 alumnus and professional musician, stressed working hard on your craft, expanding your repertoire and being open to new opportunities. He described how an illness that stopped him from playing his instrument, gave him the opportunity to use that time to developing his skills as an arranger. Expanding his skill set has gone a long way to ensure his financial success.
  • Brandon Salerno, a 2012 alumnus, is a professional actor. He stressed auditioning, auditioning, auditioning – even for things you don’t want. Hone your craft and be open to every possibility. Expand your skills by learning everything possible.
  • Rebecca Fix, a 2011 alumna, shared experiences in college and her path to fulfilling her dream to be a music teacher, emphasizing the importance of taking things in stride and making the most of what your college and industry offer.
  • Emily Meneghin, a 2011 alumna, has written two plays that she is working to bring to life and stressed the importance of being open minded and flexible about the future. If you are too structured, you may miss out on opportunities that could bring you fulfillment.
  • Gina Zohar, one of our wonderful art teachers, concluded the presentations with a life story that underscored the need to always be at your best, do every job well no matter how small – because you never know where an opportunity may arise.

Every person went home with a program booklet crammed with experience and advice from 30+ alumni and arts faculty that represented a broad variety of careers including technical production, broadcasting, screenwriting, photography, stunt coordination and more!

Thanks go to our many alumni who contributed to the evening, our wonderful Art and Music Faculty for their support and contributions and Music Booster’s President, Diane Lama, for imagining and orchestrating this first-time event.  Special thanks to Judy Fix and the Eastchester High School Alumni Association for sending out the call to its members;  Music Boosters member Kristin Macarchuk for her generous donation of the delicious spread of fresh fruit and pastries;  Eastchester parent Laurie Duffy of fastlinenservice.com for donating the evening’s table linens; Dr. Gines Cano of www.crestwoodmusic.com for contributing to the printing of the programs; John Gordyak  for supervising the night’s microphone and smart board set-up; PTA Council Co-Presidents Leslye Davidson and Marianne Gordineer for helping redesign the event flyer under the gun;  HS Guidance Counselors Heather Reilly and Marcos Monteagudo for manning the event’s guidance table; MaryEllen Byrne for her tireless help pinning down the date; and  the “stagehands” – Music Booster Board Members Lorraine Verge- Caterer/Coordinator, Marlo Hunter-Thank You Creator, Beverly Fang, Sara Fischer-Gerol, Rose Poletti, Dawn Tyrrell – for addressing the many details of the evening.  And as always, thank you to Dr. Moran, Dr. Hattar, Dr. Capuano and Mr. Wynne for their on-going support.

Eastchester Music Boosters is hoping to make this a recurring event – every other year – so be on the lookout!

For more photos, check out the 2015-2016 Scrapbook.

Jazz Band News

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 Jazz Band Seniors/Officers – wishing you the best of luck in college!

Lindsey Moy – President (Alto Saxophone) – Bucknell University (School of Management) and Bucknell Arts Merit Scholarship (in Dance) Recipient
Major:  Markets, Innovation & Design,   Minor:  Dance
Jillian Quigley – Vice President (Baritone Saxophone) – Princeton University
Majors:  English and Public Policy 
Sandra Chilson – Secretary (Trombone & Marimba) – Franklin & Marshall College
Major:  Astrophysics,   Minor:  Music

Congratulations also to the new 2016-2017 HS Jazz Band Officers:
Aryas Safaie – President (Trumpet)
Cindy Lin – Vice President (Tenor Saxophone)
Duhee Han – Secretary (Bass)
Andy Zhu – Treasurer (Piano/Keyboard)
Matthew Tani – Librarian (Tenor Saxophone)

Tonight! 7-9pm, HS Library

GUEST SPEAKER – David Viviano, Chief Economist for SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists)

  • Mike McCann Tauss (EHS Alumn, 1972) – Radio Broadcasting
  • Kimberly Giannelli (EHS Alum, 2001) – Professional Dancer
  • Brandon Salerno (EHS Alum, 2012) – Theatre/TV/Film
  • Pierre Piscitelli (EHS Alum, 2009) – Full-time Musician
  • Rebecca Fix (EHS Alum, 2011) – Elementary Music Teacher

Careers in the Arts Night 2016