Frankenstein …..Its ALIVE!

For one night only, three of Rockland County’s dedicated non-profit arts groups are coming together to present a screening of the classic 1931 horror film Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff, accompanied by a live orchestra performing a new score.


Contemporary classical composer and conductor Michael Shapiro has written music to accompany the entire film and will be conducting a 15-piece ensemble of the The Chappaqua Orchestra on Friday, October 28th at 8:00 p.m. in the Nyack High School Auditorium.


Watch on the big screen as the obsessed Dr. Henry Frankenstein toils in his creation of the monster!  Listen to a live orchestra perform the new score!  Revel in the blood-chilling story of Frankenstein and the frenzy that ensues upon his escape! Experience it as never before!


This is a wonderful opportunity to see one of the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest American Films,” from an important literary source that remains entirely relevant today, and to appreciate a live orchestra – all in one evening.  This event is sponsored by ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley, Rockland Tourism, and Wright Brothers Realty. Proceeds will go to help offset the costs for all of the Works’ groups.  Tickets are available at



And That’s Not All!

In addition, there will be a Nyack HS Advanced Chorus Reunion Concert on Saturday, June 18th @ 7:30pm,
at the First Reform Church in Nyack, to benefit Soup Angels.
Past and present members will be performing favorites from the last 16 years.
There will also be a post-concert reception.
Suggested donation:  Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $5 (children under 12 – free)
If anyone would like to bring something for the reception – food, beverages, flowers
Please contact Sharon Aperto –

The Red Bandana Choral Symphony performed by the Nyack High School Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

The Red Bandana Choral Symphony is a 4-part symphony that tells the story of 9/11 through poetic verse and orchestral music. It brings together chorus, concert band, jazz band, and string orchestra in an intensive, dramatic and moving reflection of the events of the day that has forever changed our lives. Composed by Scott Nathan Louis in 2014, the score was commissioned by MusicWorks of Arts Angels, a non-profit parent and community organization that supports the arts in Nyack Public Schools. See attached Press Release for more detailed information about this compelling production. Press Release (Edited)

76 Trombones! – Come See NHS Drama Perform the Music Man!

The following article by Peter D. Kramer appeared in today in LOHUD “…Nyack, a theatrical maverick that in recent years has staged memorable productions of “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Parade,” “Big River” and “Aida,” raised some eyebrows when director Joe Egan announced this year’s musical: “The Music Man,” about as traditional music as you’ll find. Egan calls it “a perfectly written show” and cast a dozen Nyack Elementary kids as River City children. Playing con-man Harold Hill is Nyack standout Evan Rocco, Egan’s go-to leading man for four years, making his final big musical appearance. Nyack senior Sydney Aherne plays Marian the Librarian, who aims to expose the conning, cunning traveling salesman, only to fall in love with him. 8 p.m. March 13, 14, 20, 21; 2 p.m., March 21—$12, $7 students; seniors free—845-353-7100; (Read the full story, see photos and a video here.)

Come Hear Chamber Orchestra at Nyack Library Carnegie Room! Saturday January 17th, 2015

In 1912 English composer Gustav Holst wrote the beautiful St. Paul’s Suite in tribute to the school in England where he was music director. Now, more than 100 years later, the Nyack High School Chamber Orchestra will perform the piece in preparation for a competition in London this spring. Along with St. Paul’s Suite,the students,under the direction of Mr. Matt Lucero, will also perform Tchaikovsky’s classic Serenade for Strings, works of the great Friedrich Handel and various popular tunes. Before they embark on their international tour this spring, you’re invited to hear them perform in Nyack. The young musicians who comprise the select Chamber Orchestra look forward to sharing their music with their community. Over the years, Chamber Orchestra has received numerous awards, such as the distinguished National Orchestra Cup. They have performed nationally in
prestigious concert halls including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and internationally in Prague and Vienna. This year’s Chamber Orchestra keeps the fine tradition alive with an appearance at Nyack Library:
Carnegie Concert Series, Saturday Jan 17 at 7:30pm.
Ticket prices—in advance: general $20, seniors & students $18, members $15. At the door—general $25,seniors & students $22, members, $18

High School Student’s Mentor Program

Students from the High School Instrumental Music Ensembles have been volunteering their time on Tuesday’s (Strings) and Thursday’s (Band) to help assist our Middle School Staff with their advanced after school music ensembles. The High School Student presence has boosted attendance and the excitement of the program and we are so glad that our Middle School students have the opportunity to play alongside our talented High School students. Our Advanced Middle School Ensembles are led by Ms. Ann Winze (Strings), Ms. Kristen Johnsen (Strings), and Mr. Michael Humphrey (Band).