By Annika Bumb
The Long Island String Festival Association, or LISFA, is an exclusive chamber music program that organizes concerts annually. Talented, hardworking students currently in grades 8-12 from Suffolk County are invited to attend a three day long event and audition for the chance to perform in one of two orchestras, which are separated based on grade. This year, multiple musicians from Centereach High School were nominated. I myself was one of those students, along with Sophia Mattern, Rebecca Walsh, and Rachel Zheng, all violinists. From Friday the 11th to Saturday the 12th, attendees rehearsed for hours on end to prepare for the upcoming concert. The experience was thrilling, as we had the opportunity to play alongside other fantastic musicians under the instruction of Soon Hee Newbold, who also composed two of the pieces we performed, “Orion and the Scorpion” and “Perseus”. Our third and most challenging piece was a work by A. Arensky, “Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky”. That Sunday, proud family members and teachers alike watched the performers play their hearts out and put on a dazzling show. The excellent music program here at Centereach and the dedication of its members breeds exceptional musicians. Hopefully participants from Centereach will be selected for LISFA and events like it for many years to come.