An Uplifting Experience at Whitman's Winter Concerts

Jazz Band Bass players Brissa Perez Palaez and Josh Joseph capture the holiday spirit anchoring the sounds of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
Jazz Band Bass players Brissa Perez Palaez and Josh Joseph capture the holiday spirit anchoring the sounds of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
The Voices of Walt Whitman led an impressive Candle-Light Processional performing “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear.”
The Voices of Walt Whitman led an impressive Candle-Light Processional performing “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear.”
Mr. Frank Yolango directed the Walt Whitman Symphonic Orchestra with an impressive four selections including solo performances by Jaycee Cardoso, Maxwell Fisher, Michael Pinelli, Noelle Bryggman, and Kentaro Matsushima.
Mr. Frank Yolango directed the Walt Whitman Symphonic Orchestra with an impressive four selections including solo performances by Jaycee Cardoso, Maxwell Fisher, Michael Pinelli, Noelle Bryggman, and Kentaro Matsushima.
Wind Ensemble Euphonium player Brenda Mendez is an All-County and All-State musician.
Wind Ensemble Euphonium player Brenda Mendez is an All-County and All-State musician.
The Whitman Concert Choir, Directed by Steven Altinel included the addition of percussionists accenting an African Noel.
The Whitman Concert Choir, Directed by Steven Altinel included the addition of percussionists accenting an African Noel.
Kentaro Matsushima on the Cello and a member of the Symphonic Orchestra is the sections Principal Chair, All-County, and All-State musician.
Kentaro Matsushima on the Cello and a member of the Symphonic Orchestra is the sections Principal Chair, All-County, and All-State musician.
Mr. Matthew Hoffman leading the always-impressive Wind Ensemble.
Mr. Matthew Hoffman leading the always-impressive Wind Ensemble.
Wind Ensemble percussionists are front and center as they enjoy performing “Christmas Festival” that also included WWHS Alumni and Staff.
Wind Ensemble percussionists are front and center as they enjoy performing “Christmas Festival” that also included WWHS Alumni and Staff.

Walt Whitman’s two winter concerts were held on Monday and Tuesday evening, and it was standing room only as our performing groups put on quite a display of talent. All the nurturing and practicing, from kindergarten to high school, is evidenced at these concerts, and it’s obvious that dedicated teachers back these talented students as well as families that promote their young talent, watching it grow.

The Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and then the Concert Band, Directed by Matthew Hoffman, were first to perform as they seamlessly moved through their musical selections that left the audience with the sounds of the holiday season dancing in their heads.

A set change brought out Mr. Frank Yolango, Director of the Concert Orchestra, as he led more than fifty talented students on various stringed instruments, through their three musical selections. Director Yolango also presented the Walt Whitman Symphonic Orchestra with an impressive four selections including solo performances by Jaycee Cardoso, Maxwell Fisher, Michael Pinelli, Noelle Bryggman, and Kentaro Matsushima.

The Winter Choral Concert was performed on Tuesday night, and Mr. Steven Altinel directed the beautiful young voices of our Choral groups. Opening the evening with J. Leavitt’s ‘Festival Sanctus’ sung totally in Latin with a dramatic candlelight entry set the stage for an impressive evening. The groups consisted of the Concert Choir, The Women’s Choir, the Whitman Chorale, and The Voices of Walt Whitman. Accompanist, Mr. Craig Coyle, and our talents singers filled the PAC in perfect harmony.

Photo Gallery - 12-18-17

Photo Gallery - 12-19-17

Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band: Matthew Hoffman Director

Lauren Gotard, Megan Neuman, Cal Eidinoff, Tyler Malone, Michael Deitch, Benjamin Joseph, Jason Devaraj, Leila Perry, Tyler Meyer, Paul Schiller, Daniel Curtin, Matthew Kaputa, Max Eidinoff, Matt Haddock, Julianna Licona, Parker Keller, Peter Cerrito, Brissa Perez Palaez, Josh Joseph, Greg De Rosa, Lily Soares, Corinne De Rosa, Logan Slansky, and Max Peretson.

Walt Whitman High School Wind Ensemble- Matthew Hoffman- Director

Piccolo: Gabrielle Safian # *, Flute: Katelyn Erthal, Emily Murphy, Brenda Perez-Pelaez, Nicole Rapacciuolo, Kaitlyn Riha, Amina Sadiq, Liliana Soares. Oboe: Ashley Koch, Elena Davis. Bassoon: Megan Neuman @.  Clarinet: Jessica Castagna, Emily Riha, Emma Tuohy, Kelly O’Neill, Justin Salas. B. Clarinet: Tyler Malone. Alto Sax:  Nicholas Arthur, Patrick Bresnan, Lauren Gotard, Joseph Sansotta, Natalie Zakrzewski. Tenor Sax:  Victoria Casselia, Michael Deitch, Nohl Schwandtner. Bari Sax:  Christopher Arthur, Jason Devaraj. Trumpet: Max Eidinoff, Gustavo Esquivel Ochoa,  Matthew Haddock,  Matthew Kaputa #, Juliana Licona, and Jake Salerno.  Horn: Miles Lewis, Alyssa Morisco, Joshua Muellers, Joseph Thyer. Trombone: Tyler Meyer, Leila Perry. Euphonium: Brenda Mendez # @, Amonullah Sadiq. Tuba: Daniel Curtin. Percussion: Daniel Abruzzessi, Joshua Berger, Erin Collins, Corinne De Rosa, Gregory De Rosa, Correy Pearlman, Timothy Rise, Logan Slansky, and Caleb Sullivan.

#Denotes NYSCAME All County

@ Denotes  NYSSMA All State 

*Denotes NYSSMA All State Alternate

Walt Whitman High School Concert Band- Matthew Hoffman- Director

Piccolo: Benjamin Schlansky. Flute: Gerardo Barraza, Grace Buckshaw, Danielle DeGaray, Isabella Delfico, Brianna Iacovone, Dana Koegler, Ellena Lunt, Alexandra Miller Henson, Michelle Mullin, Daniela Santoiemma, Shannon Turner, Melanie Yodice. Oboe: Daniel Monterroso. Clarinet: Thomas Baranowski, Noah Biton, Sergio Carrillo, Abby Dinstell, Aidan Gardner, Aidan Garemani, Matthew Masaya, Bryce Vorbach. Bass Clarinet: Daniel Donovan. Alto Sax: Cal Eidinoff, Leo Musitano. Tenor Sax: Benjamin Joseph, Saul Ramos. Horn: William Barraco, Aarav Shah. Trumpet: Thomas Biryla, Thomas Breaton, David Campos, Matthew Desmond, Maya Duclay, Joseph Kennedy, Zack Reichhold, Vincent Santoiemma, Christopher Scortichini, Jesse Strenger Skolnik, Riley Zalbert. Trombone: Joseph Miriglia, Victor Ottaviano, Kelvin Sanchez Torres, Paul Schiller. Baritone: Bradley Guiteau, Roberto Hidalgo, Jeffrey Ponce. Tuba: Wendell Saint Jean. Percussion: Tess Anderson, Mario Campbell, William Collins, Kurt Erthal, Scott Martin, Dean Mirissis, Max Peretson, and Adam Yosofi.

Walt Whitman High School Concert Orchestra- Frank Yolango-Music Director

Violin I: Hailey Dearborn $, Samantha Carey, Mikaila Rattazzi, Riley Turner, Katherine Hernandez, Priya Katwala, Cali Sullivan, Jacelyn Ruotolo, Faith Stone, Sebastian Castillo, Sarah Samanez, Meghan Stengl, Erika Bonilla, Jasmine Thai, Sarah Clopper, Cindy Gonzalez. Violin II: Mariela Suarez *, Jack O’Loughlin, Rachel Smith, Olivia Kongevold, Subhana Zafar, Max Eidinoff, Sonia Mancia Garcia, Sophia Sicli, Katie Block, Julia Posillico, Andrea Vigil Morales, Alexa Toledo, Karla Perez, Chelsey Villatoro. Viola: Laurette Joyce *, Brianna Hansen, Anne Rodriguez, Hannah Hyman, Gabrielle Rows, Juliana Nguyen, Briana Seda, Juan Chamorro, Jillian Crowley. Cello: Alexandra Sherry *, Pamela Carey, Juliana Sgaraglio, Matthew Brown, Marco Chiriboga, Owen Banting, John Dugan, Patrick Wuss, Ryder Hartman, Beineon Portmore Davis, Aaron Jurrist. Bass: Ryan Proce *, Colin Sorce, and Michael Bishop.

$-Denotes Concertmaster *-Denotes Section Leader

Walt Whitman High School Symphonic Orchestra- Frank Yolango- Music Director

Violin I: Jaycee Cardoso$ #@, Maxwell Fisher#, Michael Pinelli, Katherine Miata, Abbie Yaeger, Cosette Brazeau, David Calliendo,  Benjamin Barton, Amanda Riha. Violin II: Sydney McCrea *, Mariela Canales, Wilmer Valle, Johnique Aiken, Annelise Campo, Chloe Blumberg, Zoey Guiliano, Nina Rodriguez. Viola: Noelle Bryggman*, Timothy Jobson, Jillian Jobson, Andrew Borges, Jefferson Orellana. Cello: Kentaro Matsushima*#@, Sarah Heath, Julia Rinaldi, Eliot Yoon, Sarah Choudhary, Sarah Nace. Bass: Joshua Joseph*, Kayla Andrews, Mary Reciniello, Thomas Braglia, Anthony Dennison, and Brissa Pere.

Winter Choral Concert- Steven Altinel- Director

Whitman Chorale- Soprano: Heather Aadal, Juliana Chiriboga, Janna Garden. Alto: Olivia Bamberger, Julia Rinaldi, Juliana Sgaraglio. Tenor: Marco Chiriboga, Max Eidinoff, Christian Viteri. Bass: Maxwell Fisher, Brendan Kispert, and Maxwell Morris.

The Voices of Walt Whitman- Soprano: Heather Aadal (P)!*, Juliana Chiriboga,  Janna Garden, Shadae Graham, Liora Hyman (T), Rachel Ramos, Chloe Rozenveld, Keara Shea, and Deanna Tabibzada. Alto: Yagmur Aykanat, Olivia Bamberger, Keara Benson, Nyara Choudhury, Sarah Clopper, Sara Crapanzano, Jaelynn Cruz Gloribel, Franco Juliana Sgaraglio, Samantha Silverio, and Barbara Tripi. Tenor: Marco Chiriboga (VP), Max Eidinoff, John Gemelli, Jacob Goldstein, Nathaniel McNally, Tamoor Nawaz, Alexander Carlin. Bass: Michael Baranowski, Erik Dye, Maxwell Fisher*, Jason Maldonado Gonzalez, Maxwell Morris (S), Joshua Muellers, and Christian Viteri.

All State *  All County !  P = President  VP = Vice President T = Treasurer  S=Secretary

Concert Choir- Soprano: Yesmi Alvarez, Kaylen Bom, Sanai Browne, Olivia Evola, Jazmin Flores, Lorraine Jean Pierre, Ariana Levin, Sophia Martinez, Anastasia Samba, Rena Shapiro, Amanda Trifon, Aniyah Walters, Ashley Winch.  Alto: Juliet Berger, Maria Garcia, Marwa Jalili, Fatiah Joseph, Erika Lazo, Alisson Reyes, Daniella Padinha, Isabella Parlante, Nya Paul, Chelsea Perry, Alexia Rivera, Eliana Simanoff, Amanda Smuss, Emily Teplansky, Yasly Velasquez, Grace Weigele, Brianna White. Tenor: Jude Conway, Daniel Cruz, Tyler Daniel, Alexander Glatzle, Christopher Lainez, Dalton Marzigliano, Blake Morang, Daniel Padilla Parada. Bass: Joshua Arevalo, Joshua Cortes, Daniel Gavrielow, Derlin Garcia Arevalo, Frantz Jean Baptiste, Arbaz Khan, Brendan Kispert, Hayden La Bella, Gil Siegler Lahoy Lahoy, Harrison Morales, Hunter Millman, Mike Monares, Nicholas Salas, Christopher Umana, and Jaden Wedner.

Women’s Choir- Soprano I: Heather Aadal, Juliana Chiriboga, Janna Garden, Keara Shea. Soprano II: Lorraine Jean-Pierre, Anastasia Samba,  Rena Shapiro, Faith Stone, Amanda Trifon, Ashley Winch. Alto: Yagmur Aykanat, Olivia Bamberger, Keara Benson, Olivia Evola, Julia Rinaldi, and Juliana Sgaraglio.