Earlier this year, four district students were selected as finalists in the 2012 NYSSMA Young Composers Competition. As a result, these talented student-composers will have their original pieces performed during the 2012 NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, N.Y. in late November.

Congratulations to Julia Campanella and Timothy Sadov of P.J. Gelinas Junior High School and Jessica Guo and Elizabeth Wang of W.S. Mount Elementary School. In addition to these students’ high honors, the following students have received the distinction of honorable mention in the competition: Steven Holmquist and Samuel Kim of W.S. Mount Elementary, Julia McGovern of P.J. Gelinas Junior High School, Julia Hu and Jessica Wang of R.C. Murphy Junior High School, and John Adam Strub and Gloria Zheng of Ward Melville High School.

During their November meeting, the district’s Board of Education presented these talented students and their music teacher, Dr. Dan Deutsch, with certificates of commendation. Additionally, Elizabeth and Timothy performed their pieces for all in attendance.


Julia Campanella-Twelve Butterflies in Flight


Jessica Guo-The Element of Water


Timothy Sadov-April Waltz


Elizabeth Wang- Mountain Lake