Cora M., Arts and Entertainment
Staten Island: The Staten Island Academy (SIA) youth orchestra will perform a winter themed show with the Richmond County Orchestra at St. John’s University. The performance will take place on December 2nd at 3:00 pm.
Since the beginning of Staten Island Academy’s 2018-2019 school year, the middle school and high school orchestra has been practicing for multiple upcoming performances. Two of those performances include playing side by side with professional musicians from the Richmond County Orchestra and being conducted by Mr. Maestro Alan Aurelia for the second year in a row. “Not all people get the opportunity to play with experienced professionals. As a kid in the orchestra, I look up to people like them,” said Morgan M., a middle school orchestra member.
Ms. Wheatley (a strings expert) and Ms. Boonshaft (a winds/brass expert) are the current SIA orchestra teachers and conductors. “Ms. Wheatley really helps bring everything together and Ms. Boonshaft really has helped to bring out the winds and brass’ full potential.” said Morgan. “They both have helped us get to the place we are now,” said Ella O., another middle school orchestra member. Both teachers have helped the orchestra to learn, grow, and get amazing opportunities like this.
The performance will take place on December 2nd in the gym at St. John’s University (on Staten Island). It will begin at 3 pm. There will be multiple outstanding pieces performed by the Richmond County Orchestra and the finale piece will feature the Staten Island Academy Orchestra. But why Staten Island Academy? Why not any other school on Staten Island? “There are many schools Mr. Aurelia could’ve chosen, but he chose us,” said Ms. Wheatley. As Morgan put it, “The SIA orchestra just has something special!”