The Huntington High School Tri-M Music Honor Society’s senior recital was a unique and enchanting evening that showcased a group of remarkable teenage musicians, vocalists and performing artists before a mesmerized audience of family and friends.
It was an emotional night with more than a few tears shed as a sensational group of musicians and vocalists displayed their awesome talents. The setting was the outdoor courtyard amphitheater at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School. When the school was erected in 1968, the designing architect had exactly this type of event in mind for the amphitheater.
Tri-M President Grace Wildermuth served as the event’s host and the teenager also performed along with Ella Siepel, Katherine Eichenberger, Lily O’Heir, Ryan Aguirre and Sarah Biernacki, Drew Spina, Ethan McGuinness, Jorge Cisneros, Eliana Ng, Carrie Kilgour, Catherine McCooey, Vito Vetere, Lauren Holly, Aiden Lefebvre, Hannah Roberts, Nate Otto and Bryan Wong.
Underclassmen Christina Drummings, David Chavez, Erica Flaherty, Sydney Cordeiro and Alexis Kaloudis performed Cell Block Tango from “Chicago” in tribute to group member Lainey Carney. The senior was unable to attend the show.
Performances ran the gamut from instrumental solos to string duets, incredible vocalists and even a spectacular rock and roll group. There were also dance numbers and a great dramatic musical performance from “The Addams Family.”
“The music program has been an important part of my time at Huntington High School,” Ms. O’Heir said. “The staff is incredibly passionate in everything that they do, which passed onto the students. They have given me numerous opportunities that have helped me grow as a player. The music department is super supportive of everyone involved and wants the best for everyone.”
The senior recital crowd included Superintendent James W. Polansky, Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack, Director of Fine & Performing Arts Eric Reynolds and Huntington School Board President Christine Biernacki.
“The music department has shaped me as a person throughout my high school career,” Mr. Cisneros said. “The music teachers have being there for me musically and physically. Everyday all of them motivated me to be the best musician that I could be. We all take pride in the work that we do and that’s such a quintessential thing that the music department does here in Huntington. This is why I will especially miss the music department after I leave high school.”
The evening was coordinated by Tri-M faculty advisors Victoria Garbarino and Brian Stellato.