The Arts

the arts

The All District Orchestra Concert will be on Monday, March 14th at 7:00 PM in the South Side Middle School Auditorium.  A Fifth & Sixth Grade orchestra, a Seventh & Eight Grade Middle School orchestra and the High School Chamber Orchestra will be performing.  Masking is optional and seating will be unrestricted. We ask that families exercise their own discretion with regard to distancing.  The performance will be live streamed as it happens and available for viewing after it ends.  The following link will work for both:

Thank you for supporting our Music Program!

Karen Baer receiving the Established Educator Award

Karen Baer taught in Rockville Centre over three decades, most of them at SSHS.  She inaugurated the IB Music Program, and is a distinguished choral music teacher and concert pianist.  After her retirement from RVC in 2012, Mrs. Baer worked as an adjunct professor at Adelphi University, conducting choirs and supervising student teachers.  For more than 20 years, she accompanied the All State Honors Choirs at the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference.  In the Winter of 2019, NYSSMA awarded her the Established Educator Award in recognition her outstanding accomplishments in the advancement of Music Education.  Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic prohibited them from actually presenting her with the plaque, until today. 

Pictured with Mrs. Baer are Dr. Brian Zuar, Director of the Arts in Rockville Centre, Mr. Michael Salzman, Director of Music in Syosset and Past President of NYSSMA, and Susan Weber, retired music teacher and Chair of NYSSMA’s Award Committee.


September 2021 brings hope that we will be returning to some semblance of normalcy after last year was characterized by remote/hybrid learning and virtual performances.  I am happy to report that we are planning live and in person classroom learning and performances as per guidance we have received from state and local government and state and national Music Education organizations (NAfME & NYSSMA). Students and teachers will observe three feet of distance and wear masks while engaging in making music and art in school. Except for those measures, our instructional and arts programs will be operating as they did in the past.  


Outstanding Performers and Artists

Each summer, I look forward to hearing about our high school students who qualified to perform at NYSSMA’s All State Conference in December. Congratulations to Isabella Coles (Vocal Jazz, Alto), Jayden Wettstein (Mixed Chorus, Bass 2), Devin Mullen (Mixed Chorus, Tenor 2), Isabelle Lu (Symphony Orchestra, Cello), and Tobey Dwyer (Symphonic Band, Trombone).  Congratulations to the following students who were selected as alternates for All State Ensembles: Jazz Drummer, Andrew Chesterton, Vocal Jazz Tenor, Tobey Dwyer, Violinist, Ryan Jeffers, Jazz Bassist, Christopher Rakeman, and Jazz Trumpeter, Leo Valenti. 

  This summer we learned that South Side High School’s Anna Verutes has been named a Newsday Scholar Artist for her accomplishments in the field of dance.  Look for her featured page in Newsday during the month of September.  Congratulations Anna!

I am always filled with pride and joy at the high level of accomplishment of these students, all the district’s teachers, and their level of dedication to their craft and pride in their work. 


Welcome New Teachers

This year, I am pleased to welcome Strings teacher Rafael Yeni to our Music Department. He will teach strings at Watson and Hewitt and Ms. Jessica Herman begins her second year teaching strings at Covert, Wilson, and Riverside. In June, we said good-bye to elementary General Music teachers Brianna Brickman and Angelina Scolari.  Replacing them will be Kimberly Corona (Covert and Watson) and Jaclyn Andes (Riverside, Watson and Covert).  Mrs. Maria LaSorsa  has resigned her position as middle school band teacher to accept the position of Middle School Assistant Principal. Congrats on the promotion! Welcome to South Side Middle School’s new band teacher, Andrew Killeen.  We welcome Mr. Christopher Brandine back to RVC.  This year, he will fill in at Hewitt for General Music teacher Christina Toomey who is on family leave with her second child.  Congratulations Christina and welcome Christopher!  Welcome to all our new and returning teachers!


After the unusual year that just passed, I am acutely aware of how critical it is to work creatively to find solutions to logistical problems in consultation with a variety of stakeholders.  More than ever, I am grateful for the collaboration and cooperation of a supportive board of education, dedicated administrators at the district and building levels and high-quality professionals who teach our children, along with students, parents, the Arts Sponsors, Education Foundation, and AIM Committees in this wonderful community.  Together we will work on the continued development of arts education.  It’s good to be back for 2021-2022!


Brian Zuar, Ed.D. - Director of the Arts - September 2021

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