Stoney Creek High School Students Perform at Carnegie Hall

Rochester Community Schools Celebrates Stoney Creek High School’s Performance at Carnegie Hall

The Stoney Creek High School Concert Ensemble, under the direction of Lauren Staniszewski, is honored to be performing alongside two other bands and three orchestras at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Monday, April 10. 

“Having the opportunity to perform on one of the world’s greatest stages is not only a fantastic musical experience, but a life experience for these students—one that they will never forget. Preparing for, and going on, this trip has built educational avenues which connect culture and history and foster personal relationships to create memories that will last a lifetime. As an educator, I couldn’t ask for a better experience for my students,” said Staniszewski.

The Stoney Creek High School Concert Ensemble Perform at Carnegie Hall

The Stoney Creek High School Concert Ensemble Perform at Carnegie Hall

Thirty-nine SCHS students from grades 9-12 will be performing four selections with featured solos. These include:  Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms as arranged by James Curnow; Communion by Carl Strommen; A Simple Song from Mass by Leonard Bernstein as arranged by Michael Sweeney; and Big Cage by Karl King, arranged by Andrew Glover.

“We are so proud of our students as they embark on this amazing educational experience. At Rochester Community Schools, we strive to provide all our students, including these young musicians, with world-class opportunities to enhance their passion for learning,” said SCHS Principal Cathryn Skedel.

In addition to the Carnegie Hall performance, SCHS band members participated in a clinic session with USC Professor and Composer Frank Ticheli. “A well-established composer of band literature, our students had performed a number of his pieces in the past and were excited about the opportunity to meet him and work with him face-to-face,” said Staniszewski.

Staniszewski has been serving as the SCHS band director for the past four years but has been teaching music in public schools for a total of 11 years. She teaches concert band, symphony band, and wind ensemble, as well as marching band, jazz band, and one section of sixth-grade band at Hart Middle School. Staniszewski holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan.

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