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 The young musicians filled the high school auditorium stage
April 17, 2024

Huntington’s Young Musicians Turn Out for Band Fest

A crowd of about 200 young musicians filled Huntington High School last Saturday for the district’s Band Fest 2024. Student-musicians spread across grades 4-12 descended on the high school for a day of fun.

 The young musicians filled the high school auditorium stage
April 9, 2024

Huntington’s String Fiesta 2024 Reaches Back to 1980s

Huntington UFSD’s String Fiesta drew a crowd of students who love music and the instruments they play to the Huntington High School auditorium last weekend. The event has experienced student-musicians mentoring and assisting their younger counterparts.

 Huntington UFSD third graders participated in Meet the Instruments last week.
April 8, 2024

Huntington Third Graders Meet the Instruments

This year’s Symphonic Pops of Long Island intergenerational concert drew a large crowd to the Huntington High School auditorium on a recent Sunday afternoon as seasoned musicians performed a delightful selection of music, including a segment in which high school orchestra members sat alongside the professionals and played together.

 Registration for the SCOPE summer enrichment program at Huntington High School is now open for this year's program
April 8, 2024

Huntington’s SCOPE Summer Enrichment Registration Open

Don’t miss out on this year’s SCOPE summer music and arts enrichment program, which will run from Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 26. Huntington UFSD is once again collaborating with SCOPE on the initiative, which will be co-directed by teachers Jenna Merget and Nicole Lynch. The program will feature 27 courses in all.

 Dozens of Huntington UFSD musicians and vocalists partipated in the SCMEA All-County Festival
March 13, 2024

Huntington Musicians Perform Alongside Symphonic Pops

This year’s Symphonic Pops of Long Island intergenerational concert drew a large crowd to the Huntington High School auditorium on a recent Sunday afternoon as seasoned musicians performed a delightful selection of music, including a segment in which high school orchestra members sat alongside the professionals and played together.

 The Symphonic Pops collaborated with 55 Huntington High School musicians at an intergenerational concert
March 13, 2024

Huntington Musicians Perform Alongside Symphonic Pops

This year’s Symphonic Pops of Long Island intergenerational concert drew a large crowd to the Huntington High School auditorium on a recent Sunday afternoon as seasoned musicians performed a delightful selection of music, including a segment in which high school orchestra members sat alongside the professionals and played together.

 Huntington Arts Night is set for Friday, March 1 at Huntington High School
February 12, 2024

Huntington Arts Night Set for Friday, March 1

Huntington Arts Night at Huntington High School is set for Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. The second annual event looks to be a spectacular night featuring a faculty arts show, crafts and musical performances.

 Huntington students Bella Duke, Emily Hiscox and Brady Duke at the Day of Horn.
January 23, 2024

Huntington Musicians Participate in Day of Horn

Three Huntington UFSD student musicians attended the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association 19th annual Day of Horn at Northport High School.

 This year's Tri-M executive board with faculty advisor James DiMeglio (2)
January 19, 2024

Tri-M Honor Society Inducts 32 New Members

Huntington High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter welcomed 32 new members during Wednesday night’s induction ceremony in the auditorium.

 Huntington UFSD trustees named Thomas Gellert interim director of fine and performing arts
January 11, 2024

Trustees Name Thomas Gellert Interim Director

Huntington School Board members have voted unanimously to appoint Thomas Gellert as interim district director of fine and performing arts, effective January 9. Trustees took the action this past Monday night during a public meeting in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School auditorium.

 Ava Tizzio and the Huntington Highsteppers in action. (Darin Reed photo.)
January 14, 2024

Huntington Highsteppers Begin Competition

The Huntington Highsteppers captured awards in the categories of hip-hop and pom in the dance team’s first competition of the winter. The squad is in the midst of preparations for the Dance Team Union national championships in Orlando, Florida in February.

 The Huntington chamber choir will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning complete with a visit by Santa Clau
December 14, 2023

Chamber Choir to Host Pancake Breakfast

The Huntington High School chamber choir will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Cafeteria B. Admission is $10 per person.

 The Huntington chamber choir and a string quartet played holiday favorites at the Huntington School Board meeting on Monday.
December 13, 2023

Vocalists & Instrumentalists Entertain at Board of Ed Meeting

Huntington High School’s highly regarded chamber choir along with a string quartet entertained the crowd at Monday night’s public meeting of the Huntington School Board in Adam Spector Auditorium at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School.

 The All-State chorus at the Eastman School of Music Theatre.
December 6, 2023

H-ton Vocalists Perform at NYSSMA All-State Conference

Huntington High School juniors Liva Camarata and Samuel Soric were spectacular at last weekend’s New York State School Music Association All-State conference at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.

 The Huntington Highsteppers are holding a clinic on Sunday, December 3. (Darin Reed photo)
November 28, 2023

Huntington Highsteppers Winter Clinic on December 3

The Huntington Highsteppers dance team will hold a winter clinic on Sunday, December 3 in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School gym. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The clinic will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A family showcase will be held between 2:00-2:30 p.m.

 Huntington UFSD's winter concert series is fast approaching.
November 27, 2023

Free Winter Concert Series in Huntington UFSD

A series of free winter concerts involving students from all eight schools within the Huntington UFSD will be held throughout December.

 Huntington High School's chamber choir is exceptionally talented. (Darin Reed photo (3)
November 2, 2023

Huntington Vocalists to Participate in Nationals for Top Choirs

The Huntington High School chamber and concert choirs are stepping up their game. The talented groups will participate in the 2024 Choirs of America Nationals for Top Choirs in April at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan.

 Huntington's Jason Giachetti appeared as a music expert on a Star Wars podcast.
October 19, 2023

Huntington’s Jason Giachetti Appears on Star Wars Podcast

Jason Giachetti has enjoyed a long and distinguished teaching career in Huntington UFSD. He recently obtained a doctorate so if anyone qualifies as a music expert it’s him.

 Huntington junior Liva Camarata electrified Blue Devil Stadium last Saturday night. (Darin Reed photo.)
October 3, 2023

Liva Camarata Thrills Blue Devil Stadium Crowd

Junior Liva Camarata came through in a pinch and thrilled the Blue Devil Stadium crowd last Saturday night when she performed an incredible version of “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to Huntington’s home football game against visiting Smithtown East.

 Huntington's Acoustic Night is set for Friday in the STEM ampitheater.
September 28, 2023

Acoustic Night at STEM Amphitheater on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Huntington High School choral program will host Acoustic Night on Friday in amphitheater at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $15. In the case of inclement weather, the show will move indoors and be held in the auditorium.

 Decked out in green, the Blue Devil band family expressed its love for its Farmingdale counterparts.
September 27, 2023

H-ton Mourns Former Teacher Who Perished in Crash

The Farmingdale band bus tragedy that claimed two lives and sent dozens to the hospital last week, reverberated through Huntington UFSD and among many alumni. The crash fatally injured Gina Pellettiere, who taught in Huntington for five years and was well-liked by her faculty colleagues and students, most of whom have never forgotten the gifted educator.


Music And Performing Arts Information

Huntington’s Arts in Education program is an integral part of the educational experience at all grade levels in the district. The arts provide an exciting, participatory approach to learning that enriches all areas of the school curriculum. The Arts in Education Committee researches and plans both cultural arts and exploratory programs that are linked directly to core curriculum concepts and skills. Students participate in a wide range of experiences, from seeing their own pieces of creative writing performed by professional actors and chatting with famous authors to working with real scientists and “meeting” characters from American history.

Funding for Arts in Education programs is provided annually by each school’s PTA unit. The district’s Office of Fine and Performing Arts and the PTA Council oversees the Arts in Education Committee.

The Arts in Education program presents programs designed to enhance the study of children’s literature, the humanities, mathematics, science, fine and performing arts, health and character education. Some recent and reoccurring programs and artists have included Japanese Storytelling with Mime, Mask and Music with Kuniko Yamamoto, author Tracey Delio, Theatre Three presenting From the Fires – Voices of the Holocaust, and Shakespeare workshops by Stages on Sound.

Upcoming Performances

About the Music And Performing Arts Program

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Important Role in Education

The Performing Arts play an important role in the Huntington educational program. From kindergarten through their high school years, students learn to read, write, create and perform music. The elementary classroom music program in Huntington serves as a model for music literacy instruction nationally. The instrumental and choral music training which begins in fourth grade provides small group weekly instruction as well as ensemble rehearsal experience for all performing groups.

All-American Music City

Huntington’s music program is well represented in the county and state music festivals each year. The high school takes great pride in having one of largest symphonic orchestras in the state, and being represented nationally by the renowned Huntington Blue Devil marching band.

Exciting Dance and Performance Ensembles

Our performing arts program includes annual theatrical performances in the intermediate, middle and high schools as well as theater arts electives in the high school. Students interested in dance competition may audition for the Highstepper dance team or Step team.

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Music And Performing Arts Leadership

Brian Stellato

Thomas Gellert

Interim Director of Fine and Performing Arts

Mr. Gellert’s career in public education has spanned 44 years. He obtained a bachelor of music performance degree at Manhattan School of Music in 1983 with a specialization in horn. He earned a master of music degree in music education at Manhattan School of Music in 1984. He studied for his state administrative license at New York University, garnering a professional diploma in 1989.

Mr. Gellert worked as director of bands, 7-12 in Babylon for 14 years before assuming the position of director of music, K-12 at Garden City in 1998, where he created music theory and AP Music Theory courses. He also served as Garden City Middle School’s eighth grade band director.

He later served as Harborfields’ district director of music, art, technology and FACS education for 15 years. He again created music theory and AP Music Theory programs; was an independent study instructor for senior conducting students; and oversaw all aspects of the district’s K-12 fine and performing arts programs.

Mr. Gellert also serves as an adjunct professor/off campus supervisor for music education students in Nassau and Suffolk.

He serves as the managing editor of the New York State School Music Association’s School Music News publication, a position he has held for more than 30 years. He has been an officer on the organization’s executive council since 1994 and has been an advisor to 15 NYSSMA presidents.

Course Offerings and Listings

Huntington HS

Music And Performing Scope and Sequence

Year by Year course offerings

Freshman year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Junior Band
  • Junior Band Competitive Honors
  • String Orchestra
  • Concert Choir
  • Music Theory
Required 1 Credit
Sophomore year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Junior Band
  • Junior Band Competitive Honors
  • String Orchestra
  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir Honors
  • AP Music Theory
Junior year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Junior Band
  • Junior Band Competitive Honors
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Symphony Orchestra Honors
  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir Honors
  • AP Music Theory
Senior year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • Junior Band
  • Junior Band Competitive Honors
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Symphony Orchestra Honors
  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir Honors
  • AP Music Theory
Note: To fulfill the graduation requirement of one credit in Music, students may take Band, Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, or Music Theory.

The courses and performing groups of the Music Department are designed to meet the needs, interests and talents of all high school students. The courses present the students with opportunities to study music from a technical aspect, learn to understand and appreciate music through listening, and develop self-expression through participation in the various instrumental and choral performing groups.

Students who plan to specialize in music or music education as a career are urged to begin music theory studies as early as possible during their high school years. It is also recommended that students specializing in music should engage in maximum participation in one or more of the music performing organizations.

BAND - Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Course #640 - Junior Band (9/10); Course #640H - Junior Band Competitive Honors (9/10); Course #641 - Senior Band (11/12); Course #641H - Senior Band Competitive Honors (11/12) (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Satisfactory progress in Middle School or by audition. These courses each satisfy the one credit in Music required for graduation. The Band program is a comprehensive program which includes community events and concert band training and performances. Students, during the first quarter, must elect to be in the Competitive Marching Band or Pep Band.

Students who wish to participate in the Competitive Marching Band will prepare a field show, which is performed at a variety of competitions regionally throughout the fall and at halftime performances during all Saturday home football games. Competitive Marching Band members are required to attend two evening rehearsals per week as well as Saturday and Sunday practices and performances during the first quarter. Competitive Marching Band members receive a weighted grade for this additional work and commitment.

The Huntington Blue Devil Marching Band has earned national acclaim as one of the finest competitive bands on Long Island. To date, the band has multiple top awards in the NY State Field Band Conference including 2nd place in 2018 and 2017 and LS3 State Champions in 2014. The Band also performed in the Main Street Parade in Disney World in 2017.MEDIA ART - Course #620 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Recommended for students interested in a course of study in the digital arts such as computer graphics, photography, cartooning, and animation. Prerequisite: None This entry level course will explore some of the most innovative and exciting modern art movements through the use of digital media. Students will be introduced to the basics of animation, and programs including Photoshop and Illustrator. This course is a great foundation for any student looking to continue their exposure in Computer Graphics, Photography or Video. This course satisfies the one credit in Art required for graduation.

Students who wish to participate in the Pep Band will prepare music during the first quarter for four Saturday home football games as well as tentative playoff games. Rehearsals will take place during the school day.

All band students will audition for seating in concert band at the end of the first quarter. The JUNIOR BAND consists of students in 9th and 10th grade and performs level III-IV music. The SENIOR BAND consists of students in 11th and 12th grade and performs level V-VI music. The two concert bands perform at several school concerts and special functions throughout the remainder of the school year.

REQUIREMENTS:All members of the Band course are required to participate in either Competitive Marching Band or the Pep Band for the first quarter.

Dates for rehearsals and performances will be posted online as soon as these dates are available.

IMPORTANT: Students who choose to participate in the Competitive Marching Band MUST attend the Summer Band Camp. For questions about rehearsal and performance requirements, please contact Mr. Stellato at bstellato@hufsd.edu.

CONCERT CHOIR - Course #643 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: An interest in singing and a simple voice test. Concert Choir is a course for students who would like to study proper vocal technique, sight-singing and music literacy while preparing and performing musical selections from a variety of styles, cultures and languages. Attendance at rehearsals, rotating group voice lessons and concerts is mandatory for all students. This course satisfies the one credit in Music required for graduation.

CHAMBER CHOIR HONORS - Course #644H (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Satisfactory progress in Concert Choir and successful audition. Open to exceptionally skilled students with teacher’s recommendation and successful audition. The Honors Choir is a small select choir that presents concerts in the community as well as joining with the Concert Choir in their concerts. Attendance at all extra rehearsals and concerts is mandatory. Members are expected to attend voice lessons every week. The Chamber Choir is a NYSSMA level V and VI performing group and consistently performs at a high level of musicianship. Students are required to learn their own program music as well as the concert choir repertoire. Chamber Choir students receive a weighted grade for their additional commitment.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Course #646 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HONORS – Course #646H (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 11, 12 Prerequisite: Satisfactory progress in high school string orchestra or NYSSMA V A+ rating. Open to exceptionally skilled 10th graders with teacher recommendation. The course includes the study and performances of great masterpieces of orchestral compositions, developing playing skills, and understanding compositional ideas. This course satisfies the one credit in Music required for graduation.

There are at least three evening concerts per year, each performance preceded by an evening dress rehearsal. Students are required to be at all concerts and dress rehearsals. Students may also audition for Chamber Orchestra, an advanced string ensemble that rehearses at night.

The Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra consistently performs music at a level V and VI.

NOTE: Advanced members of the Symphony Orchestra may audition to participate in Symphony Orchestra Honors - Course #646H. Students who successfully audition for the Honors course are required to participate in the Chamber Orchestra and an Honors String Quartet. These activities require the preparation of a significant amount of additional music as well as participation in numerous community service performances. Students in Symphony Orchestra Honors receive a weighted grade for this additional commitment.

STRING ORCHESTRA - Course #645 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10 This course is for all 9th and 10th grade string students. This orchestra experience includes the study of NYSSMA Level III - V string literature. In addition, the Concert Orchestra studies several symphonic orchestra pieces and performs with the Symphony Orchestra. Concert Orchestra performs at least three evening concerts per year, each preceded by an evening dress rehearsal. Students are required to be at all concerts and dress rehearsals. This course satisfies the one credit in Music required for graduation.

MUSIC THEORY - Course #648 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Recommended for students who have an interest in music. No previous music reading experience is required. Required for: Regents Music Sequence This course presents a study of basic music theory: fundamentals, chords, four-part composition, dictation, and rhythmic training. It is the first course of a major sequence. This course satisfies the one credit in Music required for graduation.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) MUSIC THEORY - Course #649 (1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12 Recommended for: The music major - 2nd course music major sequence. Prerequisite: Music Theory I or approval of instructor. This course presents advanced concepts of music theory and a major concentration of the development of the ear. AP Music Theory is designed to enable the student to understand music theory in depth. This course prepares the student for college study of music or for serious music understanding and research. Students will be required to take the Advanced Placement Music Theory Exam at the completion of the course. This is a full year, college level course which receives a weighted grade.

SPECIAL AND HONORS ENSEMBLES: Membership in all Honors Ensembles is by audition, with priority given to students who are enrolled in one of the High School Major Performance Courses (Band, Orchestra, Choir, or Chamber Choir). Students not enrolled in a performance course may audition only if a seat is available.

A CAPPELA CHOIR The a cappella ensemble performs music of several genres, including pop. The groups perform at several venues throughout the year including concerts at the High School. Skill in sight-singing is highly desired, as there is no piano used and students must constantly use their musicianship skills. Rehearsals are held two hours a week after school.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE Rehearsals are held one evening per week. All styles of jazz are studied including swing, Latin, bebop, rock and contemporary. Development of improvisation skills is a priority. Attendance is mandatory. This honors ensemble is by audition only. Several performances within and outside the district are planned each year. This is a highly selective ensemble.

WIND ENSEMBLE This is an advanced level band which performs level VI music. Rehearsals are held one evening per week. Attendance is mandatory. This honors ensemble is by audition only. The Wind Ensemble will perform at several school concerts and special functions throughout the year.

ORCHESTRA CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Along with the High School Orchestra, there is also a CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, a highly advanced and select group. Membership is by audition or through teacher’s invitation. Rehearsals are held one evening per week. The repertoire is college level. Occasionally there are pieces with some wind parts. Several performances in and out of school are planned throughout the year.

WINTER PERCUSSION This program is designed to teach students the advanced techniques of concert and marching percussion performance. Rehearsals are held one evening per week, January through June, and are open to all students in grades 7-12. Competitive Marching Band students are required to participate.

COLOR GUARD/WINTER GUARD The Color Guard is an auxiliary unit of the Marching Band open to both male and female students. The Color Guard performs precision movements with flags, sabers, and wooden rifles creating a vitally important visual show for the Band’s field and parade competitions. The Color Guard begins training during the summer and performs throughout the fall season. They also perform in several spring parades and rehearse Winter Guard techniques during the winter months. Students who have an interest in music or dance are encouraged to audition. Students who are registered for Band may also audition for Color Guard. Auditions take place during the winter months of the previous year. New students may join at this time.

HIGHSTEPPERS DANCE TEAM The Highsteppers are a competitive dance team competing in dance, kickline, and pom routines as part of the Dance Team Union and Long Island Dance Team Association. The team also performs at home football and basketball games. Auditions for Highsteppers take place in the spring. Members may also participate in the Band’s Color Guard as there are no scheduling conflicts.

TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY This is a service organization. Students must be in grades 10 – 12 and be an outstanding member of a school music ensemble. This includes membership in one of the extra non-credit music groups. Students must participate in the NYSSMA Festival to be eligible for and maintain membership in Tri-M. Students must attend meetings and perform at least ten hours of service to the Music Department each year. Applications are available from the Tri-M advisor.

Music is an important element of a Finley student’s experience. Music is required of every student. At the Middle School, courses are designed for the serious music student who wishes to continue with his/her performing group experience and courses for students who do not wish to perform in chorus, band or orchestral groups.

PERFORMING MUSIC ENSEMBLES: BAND 7 & 8, ORCHESTRA 7 & 8, AND CHORUS 7 & 8 (40 Weeks - alternating days) The Finley Band, Orchestra and Choral programs provide opportunities for our performing musicians to develop advanced skills while performing more challenging music. Complex rhythms, sight-reading, tone quality, balance, and interpretation are some of the many musical components that are stressed. Participation in a large performance ensemble also helps to develop self-discipline, teamwork, and esprit de corps. Our Band, Orchestra and Choral students perform at our annual Winter and Spring Concerts and at other special events during the year. In addition to the class period, students are required to attend a weekly lesson period which rotates throughout the school day as well as all evening dress rehearsals and concerts.

Prerequisite for Band, Orchestra, and Chorus: At least one year of successful participation in a Band, Orchestra or Choral program, or special permission of the director.

Important Note: Students in performance groups will not be permitted to drop or change these courses prior to the end of the first progress report period.

NON - PERFORMING COURSE: GENERAL MUSIC (40 Weeks – alternating days) General Music is required of all students who do not participate in Band, Orchestra or Chorus. Students will learn a variety of musical style including the study of American pop music. Students in General Music will also have the opportunity to learn how to play ukulele, and compose on music composition software. Students will also learn about composers from around the world through artists and composer research projects. General Music may be taken in 7th grade.

Music And Performing Arts Videos and Galleries

HHS Musicians in Concert with the Symphonic Pops of Long Island

March, 2024

HHS Mid-Winter Concert

February 14, 2024

Music and Performing Arts Galleries and Slideshows

District wide Music and Performing Arts Related Events

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HHS Mid-Winter Concert

December 2023

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Finley - 8th Grade Holiday Concert

December 2023

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Woodhull - JAS 6th Grade Holiday Concert 

December 2023

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7th Grade Holiday Concert

December 2023

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Chamber Choir

December 1 2023

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