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Exceptional Glen Cove Student Musicians Earn Prestigious Spots in the Long Island String Festival Association

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Congratulations to the student musicians from Glen Cove City School District selected for the 2023-24 Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) in February 2024. The LISFA experience unites Long Island’s highly talented young string musicians. 

Glen Cove High School students Nicole Lee (Division 9-10) and Avery Wang (Division 11-12) directed by James Guarini, along with Finley Middle School students Victoria Schnitzer (Division 6) and Mike Merino (Division 7-8), guided by orchestra teacher Chris Lippe, earned their positions based on their performance levels and scores at the prior year’s NYSSMA Festival. Participation in their school orchestra is also a requirement. 

Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Lawrence Nadel stated, "Congratulations to our Glen Cove students who were accepted to LISFA this year. This achievement is a testament to the dedication of Mike, Victoria, Nicole, and Avery to the Orchestra Program, as well as the guidance provided by their music teachers along the way. We are committed to providing authentic arts experiences for our Glen Cove students, enabling them to pursue professional opportunities in the Fine & Performing Arts." These students serve as inspiration for the district’s instrumental music program.

The Long Island String Festival brings together exceptional string players from Nassau and Suffolk County school districts to perform challenging orchestral pieces over a few days, culminating in a concert directed by esteemed conductors and educators. LISFA’s success is attributed to the dedication of Long Island’s string teachers, their talented students, supportive parents, and the quality of conductors who collectively celebrate the power of music. 


Finley Middle School Orchestra teacher Chris Lippe with students Mike Merino and Victoria Schnitzer.


Glen Cove High School orchestra teacher James Guarini with students Avery Wang and Nicole Lee.