Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Student Musicians Shine in State Capital Performance

March 28, 2024

As part of the national Music In Our Schools Month celebration, talented student musicians from Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen embarked on an unforgettable journey to the heart of New York’s capital for a very special performance. 

The James A. Dever Elementary School’s junior chorus, under the direction of choral maestro Johanna Land, and the Wheeler Avenue Elementary School’s chamber orchestra, led by orchestra director Mary Scott, wowed audiences with their exceptional musical prowess at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

The performance, held amidst the grandeur of Empire State Plaza, showcased the remarkable talents of Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen’s young musicians. From the enchanting melodies of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade For Strings” to the spirited rhythms of the Spanish folk song “De Colores”, the students delivered a diverse and captivating repertoire that left attendees in awe.

In addition to their stellar performance, students had the opportunity to explore the historic landmarks of Albany, including a guided tour of the New York State Capitol Building. This immersive experience not only enriched their understanding of New York’s rich cultural heritage but also provided valuable insights into the state’s legislative process.

Reflecting on the trip, choral maestro Ms. Land expressed her pride in the students’ achievements, saying that it was “truly inspiring to see young musicians showcase their talents on such a prestigious stage.” 

Orchestra director Ms. Scott echoed Land’s sentiments, adding that “this trip was a testament to the power of music to unite and inspire. I am immensely proud of our students for their outstanding performance and grateful to everyone who supported this memorable journey.”