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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm Monday, June 1–Friday, June 5

Jazz Band Concert Norwin Summer Music Camp
Featuring the Norwin MS Jazz Band Register by May 15
and the Norwin HS Jazz Band Open to incoming instrumental
music students in grades 5 (strings)
Sunday, May 17 from 11 am to 3 pm and 6 through 8
Norwin Band Aides Car Cruise
Norwin Middle School Saturday, June 8
Mattress Fundraiser
Friday, May 22 at 7 pm Norwin High School
High School Stadium (weather Saturday, July 25
permitting) OR Auditorium Norwin H.S. Band Car Wash

Monday, May 25 at 10 am
Memorial Day Parade
Downtown Irwin

Norwin Music on the web

Norwin Music Department

Middle School High School
Norwin Band Aides

From the Superintendent Hillcrest Orchestra

As Superintendent of Schools and on behalf of all in attendance this Abigail Abia John Giansante* Christopher Ragan
evening, I congratulate and commend all student musicians who are Brendan Ash Ryan Grabowski* Blaze Robinson
performing tonight. We recognize your extraordinary musical abilities, Ava Babbie Hunter Haines* Karina Rosario
acknowledging that you represent the best and the brightest of our Katie Baker* Lauren Hall Jordan Schiller
youth and also what is great about our country. Billy Balaban* Mia Harrison Alyssa Schubert
Emma Balaban Isabella Harshman Noelani Seybert
The Norwin School District is a national model for supporting and Spencer Ballas Sarah Hartner Abbey Siffrinn
advancing music education and the performing arts. It is an allegiance Natalie Barkley Annika Hartzo* Elana Smiley
based on tradition and community pride and a commitment to Colleen Boatright Grace Heuer Alaina Smith*
academic excellence, music education, and the performing arts. Erin Bollinger* Austin Hewitt Zachary Smith
Kaylin Brucker Abigail Homick Sonia Snider
Research provided by the National Association for Music Education Savannah Burdell Emily Hunn Ethan Sommers*
shows that students in high-quality school music programs score higher Robby Burns Triniti Joy Jordan Spagnolli
on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient Madison Buscemi* Cody Kelly Prescott Stauffer
music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of Evelyn Cao Olivia Knoechel* Elly Stodolsky
the school or school district. Therefore, I encourage all in attendance Jacob Capets* Mary Kochis Rachel Sullivan
to continue as advocates of music education and the arts by taking a Julie Chenot Harish Kodavali Sarah Todaro
greater leadership role in your schools and communities to strengthen Zachary Coates Allison Krygowski Riley Turnbull
and preserve K-12 music and arts programs. Gabriella Conley Alyssa Laukus Jenna Uziel
Aidan Conroy Aria Lauritzen* Sophie von
We thank our hosts today, the principals and music teachers, as well as Braden Crow* Trina Lord Oldenburg
the numerous Norwin parent and community volunteers who provide Ashley Cumpston Keeley MacKenzie Carina Walls
never-ending support to our developing musicians. They all deserve Shannon Dandar* Elizabeth Mahoney* Emilie Watson
our profound gratitude. Nicholas DiPerna* Georgia Manning Lily Wedge*
Autumn Doyle Tori Marflak* Emma Westover
Best wishes for an enjoyable evening, and please continue to keep Katie Elliott Nick Markovina Savannah Widmaier
music and the performing arts in a prominent place in your lives, both David Emro* Jordan Napierkowski Josh Yanan*
now and in the future! Julie Fekete Alex Nicholson Reanna Yurko
Nathan Fell Addison Patrick Elizabeth Zapanta*
Lane Fischer Sydney Pesarsick* Zachary Zezza
Board of Education and Administration Micah Gaydos Zachary Potthoff Steven Zheng
William H. Kerr, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

*# * denotes members of Hillcrest Philharmonic

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Tonight’s Selections From the Hillcrest Principals

Hillcrest Orchestra
Welcome to the 2015 Spring Elementary Strings concert highlighting
Masters in This Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Traditional/arr. Robert Frost
the diligence of our students and their teachers in preparation for
Credo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Halferty this evening. As you know, it takes many hours of repeated practice
Prelude and Fugue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Balmages to attain the quality of performance you will enjoy tonight. Both Mrs.
Banasick and I appreciate our students’ dedication. As parents,
Enchanted Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sean O’Loughin your commitment in reinforcing your child’s efforts to practice,
Song of Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deborah Baker Monday in addition to the financial pledge you’ve made, has increased
Sword Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Bob Phillips the likelihood that your child will continue in the arts.

As we approach our summer break, we’d like to pause and

show our great appreciation for our students and our music
department. Sit back and enjoy!

Norwin Summer Music Camp Brian O’Neil and Lisa Banasick

Hillcrest Intermediate School
It’s time for the 30th Annual Norwin Summer Music Camp, and we
would like your child to be part of this valuable and memorable
event. Be sure to register by May 15th for the camp, which runs from
Monday, June 1st through Friday, June 5th.
Band students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade
9:00-11:30 am at Hillcrest The life benefits of music education
Strings students entering 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade
(or who have played for 1 year) Music is a place where you need to work at something for an
12:30-3:00 pm at Hillcrest extended period of time before you get good at it and have fun at it.
Where in our schools will kids learn how to sustain attention for a
Cost: $30 for one camp, or $50 for both; make checks payable to long period of time and achieve a higher level of excellence?
Hillcrest Intermediate Activity Fund.
Music. And nowhere else.
—Fran Kick

If you won’t be taking Regular exposure to music, and especially active participation in music,
your program book home as a keepsake, may stimulate development of many different areas of the brain.
In terms of brain development, musical performance is every bit
please recycle it in one of the bins as you leave. as important educationally as reading or writing.
Thank you! —Oliver Sacks

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About the directors Special thanks to…

Michael Szymanski is a 1991 graduate of Norwin High School and The parents of all the students Mr. Robert Suman, Principal
received a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University in 1995. represented tonight for Mr. Troy Collier,
supporting Fine Arts Assistant Principal
Mr. Szymanski has been the Middle School Orchestra director since Education and the Norwin M.S.
being hired in 1996 and became the High School Orchestra director Our student musicians Administration & Staff
Norwin School District Mr. Brian O’Neil, Principal
in 1998. In addition to their annual winter and spring concerts, the
Board of Education Mrs. Lisa Banasick,
H.S. Orchestra often performs with the Norwin Chorus, at invitational Thomas J. Sturm, President Assistant Principal
festivals and for various community and scholastic events. In recent Robert J. Perkins, Vice President and the Hillcrest Intermediate
Darlene J. Ciocca Administration & Staff
years, the H.S. Orchestra has received numerous Superior ratings at Rebecca A. Gediminskas Todd Leighty and the
PMEA Music Performance Assessments and other adjudicated festivals. Raymond Kocak Auditorium Production Team
During his time at Norwin, Michael has also taught elementary band and Albert C. Lynn Pat Geiger, Jim Dezorzi and the
Donald W. Rhodes, Jr. Norwin Maintenance
orchestra, elementary and middle school general music, music theory, Dennis J. Rittenhouse and Custodial Staff
and guitar. He has been the Music Department Chairperson since Barbara A. Viola Ushers and Volunteers
Brianne E. Sturgeon, Student Rep. The Norwin Music Department
2011. In his time away from school, Mr. Szymanski enjoys reading, hiking,
Alyssa M. Luptak, Student Rep. Norwin Band Aides, especially
camping and long road trips. He continues to be an active freelance William H. Kerr, Ed.D., Tom Shrump, President
performer on violin and viola. Michael and his wife Jennifer currently Superintendent of Schools Dave Herchko,
Dr. Tracy A. McNelly, 1st Vice President
reside in North Huntingdon with their daughters, Betsy and Abby. Asst. Superintendent Anna Sever,
Mrs. Natalie A. McCracken, 2nd Vice President
Asst. Superintendent Julie Henry, Secretary
and the Norwin School Christine Schmidt, Treasurer
A graduate from the Norwin School District, Ian Morrison received District Administration Kathleen Heuer,
his B.S. in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Norwin Faculty and Staff concert program design
Timothy J. Kotch, Sr., Principal Alaina Smith,
and his M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Clarion University.
Joseph V. Shigle, III, Hillcrest Orchestra President
Mr. Morrison began teaching at Norwin in 2000 and his duties have Assistant Principal Ethan Sommers ,
included everything from Kindergarten Music to High School Band. Michael D. Choby, Hillcrest Orchestra
Assistant Principal Secretary/Treasurer
Currently, Mr. Morrison teaches string instruments at Hahntown,
and the Norwin H.S.
Sheridan Terrace, Stewartsville, and Sunset Valley Elementary Schools Administration
and Hillcrest Intermediate School. Mr. Morrison resides in North Mary Marrone, Debbie Depp,
Mary Rorabaugh, and the
Huntingdon with his wife Kim and son Aiden. Norwin H.S. Staff

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