Our Wonderful Winter Festival: January 2023

Our beautiful Winter Festival took place on Saturday, January 21, 2023, showcasing our students hard work and talents in each of our departments.

Throughout the year through our artist-in-residence program, LIHSA students study with world-renowned organizations and artists. Many of the pieces performed and shown at the Winter Festival were culminating pieces from the residency curriculum.

We thank the following master artists for their work this fall.

Michael Arbouet (Scenic Design & Production Technologies), Stephen Campanella, American Ballet Theatre (Dance), Wendy Clark, American Ballet Theatre (Dance), Danielle Criss, Urban Bush Women (Dance), Paul Falcone (Sonic Arts, Scenic Design & Production Technologies), Charlie Foerschner (Multimedia Journalism), Angelo Fraboni, Madison Theatre at Molloy College (Scenic Design & Production Technologies), Logann Grayce (Music), Mariah Mazzeo (Visual Arts, 3D Animation), Elise Morris (Music), Nick Piscitelli, School of Visual Arts (3D Animation)

Charles Cerrito of Long Beach studies performing arts at LIHSA. “The pieces I worked on for LIHSA Winter Festival was from our Activism Class. We made a song about image and named it Perfect. It went really well.  I was glad to play the song for all the people who support us.”

Sofia Haintz of Ellwood is a musical theatre student at LIHSA.  She said, “In Winter Fest I was in an activism piece.  We did Women and Politics. I was also in Musical Theatre Review and sang  “Hear My Song” from Songs From a New World and “Raise Your Voice” from Sister Act. The best part was finally performing our pieces that we’ve worked on for such a long time.  We had road bumps to find the ending for the activism piece but once we found our ending it all just filled in there.  It was really fun!”

Mairead Camas also of Ellwood performed in the same pieces as Sofia and shared, “What I learned from the guest artist was about making activist pieces by saying powerful things in a respectful way.  Not being rude, but still being powerful.”

Audrey Underberg of Oyster Bay studies Music.  She was in two pieces, opening the show with the Activism piece on body image.  She was also in Song Interpretation and Analysis that was “Unruly Heart” from The Prom which she feels is an activist piece too. She found the rehearsal process was long but rewarding.

Logan Madden of Copiague studies Music and performed “Don’t Stop Me Now” in the British Pop Ensemble that sang songs from British Artists.  He also participated in the Activist piece where I was a game show host. He shared, “At the final rehearsal, I had trouble with my lines, but during the show they went perfectly and it was very rewarding.”

Click here to see our video on YouTube featuring work from our 3D Animation, Game Design, Visual Art, and Multimedia Journalism students. Scroll down for more photos.