A program called "Link Up" brought student musicians of P.S. 65 together with the professional musicians of the Staten Island Philharmonic for a once-in-a-lifetime performance this week.
The "Link Up" program offered the youngsters of the Tompkinsville school as 20-week music education, followed by the opportunity to play with the professionals. The lessons and final performance were held at the JCC of Staten Island, and were sponsored by the Chait Foundation and the Music Institute Foundation. Attendees of the performance included parents, teachers, and musicians and representatives from Carnegie Hall.
Principal of P.S. 65, Sophie Scamardella, was proud of her students, who she refers to as "little dolphins" in light of the school's mascot. She stated that she is grateful for the collaboration, and firmly believes that a music program is essential to the school's mission of integrating arts into the curriculum.
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