Music and Art Deparment News & Pictures

Here you will find news, articles and pictures capturing the accomplishments of Bayport-Blue Point's music and art students.

Submitted 9/26/16:  

BBPHS Orchestra Student Makes All-Nation Ensemble

Congratulations to Olivia Ingrassia for being accepted into the NAfME All-Nation Symphony Orchestra.  Olivia is one of four students in New York State and sixty in the country to be awarded this honor.  She received a NYSSMA score of a 100 on her Level VI All-State Violin solo the past two years.  In addition, Olivia was a violinist in the 2015 All-State Symphony Orchestra.  She will be traveling to Grapevine, Texas from November 10-13 to prepare and perform in the NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra with high-achieving music students from across the Nation.  Congratulations, Olivia!

Musicians Hit High Note

The musical skills and talents of six Bayport-Blue Point High School students have earned them top honors and selection to perform in concert with regional, state and national ensembles.

Olivia Ingrassia, a senior, has been chosen to perform with the All-National Symphony Orchestra in the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles concert, to be held in Grapevine, Texas, Nov. 10-13. Vocalist Molly Conklin, also a senior, has been selected to perform with the All-State Chamber Choir at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference, to be held in Rochester, New York, Dec. 1-4.

Senior Josh Lurie, a trumpet player, has been named an alternate for either the All-State Symphonic Band or All-State Wind Ensemble at the NYSSMA Winter Conference.

In addition, junior Shannon Conrad (Soprano II) and seniors Samantha Mazzone (Mixed Chorus) and Gianna Orlando (Mixed Chorus), along with Olivia, Molly and Josh, have been selected to perform in the NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Music Festival in November.

The students were chosen for these honors based on their scores at last spring’s NYSSMA solo and ensemble evaluation festivals, as well as teacher recommendations.

“We are extremely proud of our students who are accepted into these prestigious, high-level musical ensembles,” said Paul Weber, the district’s chairperson for art and music. “They should be highly commended for working so diligently to achieve these tremendous accolades.”

Submitted 1/5/17:  

Shanti Fund Artwork Contest Winner

Congratulations to Stephanie McDonough!  Stephanie's artwork has been chosen to appear in the 2017 Shanti Fund Calendar.  The Shanti Fund is a charitable organization with a motto of Enlightenment and Peace through education.  This organization has been in existence since 1993 and has been working to promote the philosophy and ideas of Mahatma Gandhi.  This year's calendar theme was Peace and Wisdom.  Congratulations, once again to Stephanie on this wonderful honor.

Pictured left to right:  Arvind Vora (Shanti Fund), Stephanie McDonough, Karen McGinley (Art Teacher)

Submitted 2/8/17 by Mr. Matthew Hurst:

and All That Jazz!

On Wednesday, January 18th the music department held it's Annual Winter Jazz Night Concert featuring our Middle School Jazz Band, High School Vocal Jazz Choir, and High School Jazz Band.  The audience was treated to a variety of styles of music including Jazz Standards, Swing, Blues, Latin, and more.  After the busy holiday season, this was a nice way for parents and friends to sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to some great music.  

Recently, our Middle and High School Jazz Bands under the direction of Mr. Matthew Hurst, and Mr. Michael Sarling, along with many other school districts from across Suffolk County, participated in this year's SCMEA Day of Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 4th, hosted by the Middle Country Central School District.  The students performed & were critiqued by adjudicators, attended workshops where they were able to perform with professional musicians, and/or work on jazz improvisation skills.    “My favorite part of Jazz Day was the Big Band Clinic, when we played with the pros, because they showed us what we could sound like if we keep practicing.” ~ Jack Armstrong, Middle School Trombonist.

Submitted 2/15/17:


Student art work from the elementary schools will be on exhibit at the BAFFA art gallery, 47 Gillette Ave in Sayville  on Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th from 1-4 PM  The reception for the children will be on Saturday afternoon. The public is invited at all BAFFA events.

Student art work from the middle school will be on exhibit at the BAFFA art gallery, 47 Gillette Ave in Sayville on Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12 from 1-4 PM. The reception for the students will be on Saturday afternoon. The public is invited to all BAFFA events.

The annual high school invitational juried art show will be at the BAFFA art gallery, 47 Gillette Ave in Sayville. Ten local schools which include Bayport-Blue Point will be exhibiting from April 2nd until the 10th. The reception for the students will be on Sunday the 2nd. The gallery will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10AM -1PM as well as Saturday and Sunday from 1-4.

The public is invited to all BAFFA events. There is no charge though donations are gratefully accepted.

Please call 631-589-7343 for further information.

Hitting High Notes Towards a Scholarship

James Wilson Young Middle School eighth-grade flutist Cecily Phua was recently presented with a scholarship to further her musical studies while attending the 2017 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Division II East Music Festival.

Cecily will be returning to the Crane School of Music’s Youth Music Program at SUNY Potsdam this summer for the second time, where she will immerse herself in two weeks of robust musical instruction. Her studies at SUNY Potsdam will include performing in band, chamber ensembles and choir as well as attending master classes, music theory and aural skills classes.

“It was a pleasure to be able to recommend Cecily for this scholarship, as she is an extremely talented flutist and is so passionate toward music,” said Matthew Hurst, a music teacher at James Wilson Young Middle School.

Student Artists Draw-Up The Competition

James Wilson Young Middle School student-artists Frankie Russo and Lily Acierno were selected to display their artwork at the Colors of Long Island Student Art Exhibit sponsored by Astoria Bank, taking place at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.

According to their website, this annual student art exhibition affords an opportunity for students in grades kindergarten through 12 to show their artwork in a museum setting. The students, their parents and teachers were all invited to a reception honoring the young artists’ achievements in March.

High Art Honor

The district is proud to announce that senior Julia Caruso was selected to exhibit her artwork, titled “Undressed,” at this year’s Long Island’s Best: Young Artists Exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, the premiere art exhibit for Long Island high school students. 

Julia was one of 83 students chosen to be in the show amongst more than 350 applicants. She is also the recipient of the Renzo S. Bianchi Award, one of several awards given at this exhibit. She plans to continue her artistic studies at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia this fall. 

Additionally, the work of Bayport-Blue Point High School seniors Matt Califano, Lena Diaz and Mikayla Martinez were also submitted for the show. Their artwork can be seen on the museum’s website and in a video displayed at the museum during the exhibit.

Long Island’s Best: Young Artists 2017 at the Heckscher Museum of Art will be on display from March 11 until April 9. The closing reception will take place on Sunday, April 9, from 4-5 p.m.  

District Earns Prestigious Music Award

The district has been named a 2017 Best Communities for Music Education, an honor awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district completed a comprehensive application process, including documentation on funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“What an honor it is to once again receive this designation” Bayport-Blue Point Chairperson for Art and Music Paul Weber. “This is an accolade that the entire Bayport-Blue Point Community can share with pride.”