The Sweet Sound of Success

The Oakwood Singers illuminated the room at last Wednesday's Board of Education’s public meeting.
The Oakwood Singers illuminated the room at last Wednesday's Board of Education’s public meeting.

Where do our award-winning choral groups at Walt Whitman High School get their start? Is it with the very talented Stimson Middle School Show Stoppers, directed by Ms. Terri Haas or Ms. Orlando’s eighth-grade chorus? Perhaps it's with Ms. Vanessa Riva’s sixth-grade chorus at Silas Wood. Or maybe it's with our fifth graders, led by Mr. Paul Kosak at Birchwood and Ms. Vanessa Melillo at Maplewood, who have no trouble finding dedicated students eager to practice before their school day begins.

The further back we look, the more it becomes clear that as early as kindergarten, our students are immersed in music as a part of their education. Our community has the pleasure many times over the course of the school year to hear Mr. Adam Slawitsky's students at Countrywood perform; their holiday concert at our December Board of Education meeting is always eagerly anticipated.

Over at Oakwood Primary Center, music teacher Ms. Luellia Pinelli has created a choral culture that is second to none. Oakwood’s dual-language second graders were the featured entertainment at past Long Island Teachers’ Institute conferences, and Oakwood’s various singing groups perform regularly for several senior groups in our community. But there is nothing like the voices of primary school children to bring smiles to the faces of audiences from every walk of life. The Oakwood Singers illuminated the room at last Wednesday's Board of Education’s public meeting. We join in thanking our district's youngest musicians for reminding us just how special our South Huntington community can be.

The Oakwood singers, under the direction of Ms. Luellia Pinelli include: Alexandra Schindler, Kyle King, Zachary Gluckstal, Brandon Reader, Anna Isernia, Katelyn Roberts, Morgan Franz, Shayleen Michel, Ciara Coleman, Grace Blaney, Erin Conlon, Ivelysse Rodriguez, Jennifer Portillo, Katherine Nodell, Dylan Reader, Christian Ortez, Leah Petronella, Christian Umana Benitez, David Escobar Henriquez, Joseline Moreno, Kimberly Rivas Carballo, Georgette Athanassiou, Christofer Bonilla, Tyler Francisco, Angelin Fuentes, Annelisa Boise, Reilly McKinley, Heather Kowalczyk, Ashley Ervolino, Chris Flores, Eva Moreno, Jake Schwantner, Ethan Jacoutot, Eva Blaney, Luca Cioffi, Marissa DeWitt, Sienna Gresser, Sean Haritonides, and Harpreet Rattu.