Monticello CSD named Best Community for Music Education for the 15th consecutive year

The Monticello Central School District has been honorably named a “Best Community for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for the 15th consecutive year! The designation shows a commitment by our Board of Education and Administration, coupled with the dedication of our highly qualified music teachers, to provide a deep …

Middle and high school musicians learn from Fredonia School of Music

Article courtesy of the MCSD Performing Arts Department:  On Thursday, March 14, students in the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School and Monticello High School performing ensembles had the opportunity to work with members of the Fredonia School of Music, including percussion professor Dr. Kay Stonefelt. The day consisted of percussion and bassoon performances, interactive workshops, …

Monticello Junior and Senior High Jazz Bands rock the house at the 26th Annual Liberty Jazz Festival

On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Monticello Junior and Senior High Jazz Bands attended the 26th Annual Liberty Jazz Festival and rocked the house! Held at Liberty Middle School, the event featured an open clinic with professional musician and trombonist Sam Newsome. After working in a round robin format with each ensemble, the musical groups performed …

MHS students perform at SC Government Center

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, music students from Monticello High School treated the community to a holiday themed performance at the Sullivan County Government Center. Students performed a variety of repertoire, ranging from holiday classics, choral favorites, and rock inspired festive tunes. The groups were comprised of students from the High School Chorus, Orchestra, and Emerging …

Songs of the season: Monticello Performing Arts Department holds annual Winter Concert

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the Monticello Performing Arts Department presented their annual Winter Concert for the Monticello Community. The concert band, orchestra, and concert choir all performed a variety of repertoire, including ensemble standards, modern favorites, excerpts from video game soundtracks, and festive tunes representative of the season. The performance was the first of several …

MHS Performing Arts Department presents: The Nutcracker

The Monticello Performing Arts Department presents: The Nutcracker, with music by Pytor Illyich Tchaikovsky on Friday, Dec. 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the A.P. Hughs Auditorium at Monticello High School. The event is free, and the snow date will be Monday, Dec. 18 

MHS music students visit Cooke for Guitar Exhibition

The George L. Cooke Elementary School held a “Guitar Exhibition” on Friday, Nov. 17.  Students from Monticello High School visited the school to teach the second-grade students about the history of the guitar, and also the differences between instruments in the guitar family (electric and acoustic guitar; baritone, soprano and concert ukulele; banjo, mandolin and …

MHS musicians perform at Hall of Distinction

On Friday, Nov. 3, several Monticello High School musicians had the honor of performing during the Hall of Distinction ceremony. The event, which honored MCSD Alumni Ralph Breakey, Julian Dawson, Shirley Hornbeck and Antoinette Williams, began with performances from the Emerging Ensembles Jazz Quartet & String Duo. Each group performed delightful prelude music while guests …