The faculty of the Department of Music and Performing Arts wishes to make the arts (specifically music and theatre) accessible to all students and give ample opportunities for the study of and participation in these artistic disciplines. Students are encouraged to develop their skill in an understanding of the arts to the highest level possible through rehearsal and performance, creative activity, scholarly study, and interaction with professional ensembles and artists, with the intent that the students will become lifelong learners in the arts.
The STAC program offers creatively gifted students a chance to collaborate on arts-centered projects through the avenues of video and theatre.
The High School Music Program has won several distinctions including: GRAMMY Signature Gold School Award (2001), GRAMMY Signature School Award (2002, 2003) GRAMMY Signature School Finalist (2004, 2005) and NAMM Best Communities for Music Education since 2001.
Performing Ensemble Awards:
Berklee College HS Jazz Festival, Herricks HS Jazz Band -2nd Place (2002), Herricks HS Combo - 1st Place (2002, 2003)
NYSSMA Level VI Gold with Distinction Awards (Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir)
ASTA National Orchestra Festival- First Place 2018
Anissa Arnold, Director or Music and Performing Arts