UNIS Music Students Spend Spring Break Playing with the Best in New York City
UNIS Music Students Spend Spring Break Playing with the Best in New York City

Recently, in recognition of their work and dedication, 13 UNIS students had the opportunity to perform with the NYC High School Honors Music Festival. The event was sponsored by the NYC Board of Education and the Music Educators Association of NYC and took place in the concert theatre of the Grand Street HS Campus on March 31 and April 1.

The following UNIS music students participated:

  • Khadija Hanif – Flute
  • Isabella Gallicchio – Clarinet
  • Mir Abid Mohiuddin – Euphonium
  • Bijan Esghi – Tuba
  • Rafael Rocha – Tuba
  • Reinis Mazeiks – Percussion
  • Won-Jae Chang - Violin
  • Lois Arella Cruz - Violin
  • Rizky Fauzan Lubis - Violin
  • Melina Nelson - Violin
  • Jerome Raphael Teo - Violin
  • Shuhan Xie - Violin
  • Olivia Nelson – Viola

This is the third year UNIS students have attended and their efforts drew praise the event's founder.

"UNIS music students are a vital part of our city wide music festival, and they contributed greatly to this fantastic and growing experience," said Michael Pitt, Founder NYC High School Honors Music Festival.

One thing that makes the event special is that it gave our students an opportunity to perform along side the very top representative students from high schools across the city. In all, there were 350 of NYC's best high school music students participating in the festival.

Performers were also treated to the expertise of guest conductors, Dr. Brian Doyle – Director of Bands at the Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam, Dr. Daniel Burwasser – Director of the NYC High School Jazz Ensemble and faculty of the Talent Unlimited HS of Performing Arts, and Mr. David Bloom – Resident String Faculty at Bard College.

UNIS faculty helping support our students at the festival were John Lambert, Gary Capetandes and Richard Goldsmith – Band, and Patricio Diaz – Strings.