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Districtwide Choral Festival Mar. 13 at Tilles Center

On Monday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m., approximately 300 students from the Port Washington School District choral program will take to the stage at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post for the Port Washington District Choral Festival. From grades five through twelve, Port Washington student musicians will perform for each other, as well as an auditorium full of family, friends, teachers, community members, and administrators. This is the third consecutive year that there has been a Districtwide music festival at Tilles Center. In the previous two years, the orchestra and band programs have been featured.
This performance is made possible in part by the Arts Education Program at LIU Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is co-sponsored with a generous grant from Helping Enrich the Arts in Port Washington (HEARTS). 
“The district thanks HEARTS and LIU Tilles Center for their continued support of our districtwide arts events,” said Port Washington Director of Creative Arts, Kevin Scully. “Partnerships like these are a hallmark of the Port Washington community. We are extremely grateful.”
The concert will draw to a conclusion with a newly composed piece for all 300 students from Dr. Sara Carina Graef, composer and Professor of Composition at California State University at Los Angeles. Dr. Graef has written works for different ages and genres that have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. This World Premiere performance will incorporate the theme for the school district this year, which is “Igniting the Light of Learning.” The composition and composer visit is sponsored by The Ed. Foundation with the Dejana Family Foundation as exclusive sponsor of the work. In addition to the piece, teachers and students from the choral program will collaborate with Dr. Graef for a close interpretation of her work, as well as learning about her compositional strategies.
The District invites all who are interested to attend this unique concert. Admission is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
  “Once again families, community members and music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to marvel at our talented young singers,” said Superintendent for Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney. “We are extremely appreciative and proud that so many of them will experience the joy of performing and premiering a renowned composer’s work on one of our area’s grand stages.”
“Having students from various grade levels who represent all of our schools enables them to develop camaraderie with their singing contemporaries, while at the same time benefiting from hearing others perform,” added Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Wafa Westervelt.  “No doubt this will be a most positive experience for our talented singers and, undoubtedly, the audience.  Kudos to all who helped to organize this event as it requires a great deal of planning and coordination.”