The New York Philharmonic welcomes P.S. 78 The Stapleton Lighthouse Community School in Staten Island as our 17th and newest partner school in the School Partnership Program. Special thanks to The Staten Island Foundation for introducing us to this wonderful school and making this partnership possible.
Begun in 1994, the School Partnership Program gives elementary schools the unique opportunity of integrating the Orchestra into the life of the school. Philharmonic teaching artists use major orchestral repertoire to teach students, their teachers, and parents how to listen, perform, and compose, preparing them to hear concerts in their own school and at the Philharmonic, and establishing music as an essential element of the classroom and of the school community.
From left to right: Dan Peck, Stephen Dunn, Thomas Boulton, Jenny Ney, Betsy Dubovsky (Executive Director, Staten Island Foundation), Laura Jean Watters (Program Officer, Staten Island Foundation), Louis Bruschi (Principal, P.S. 78), Paul Murphy.