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SV Music and Fine Arts

Susquehanna Valley's Music Staff
Kelly Dyson • Steven Hine • Robert Johnson • Eileen Miller • 
Meggan Olds • Jennifer Perkins • Wendy Stafford
Susquehanna Valley's Art Staff
Bassem Eldakar • Bridget Ray • Joyce Russell • Christine Sumner
Students attending Susquehanna Valley Schools have the opportunity to participate in a quality music program that includes courses in music appreciation and general music.

The Vocal/Choral program begins in our elementary schools with general music classes. At the middle school, students take general music in 6th and 7th grades. These classes introduce the recorder, guitar, singing, notation and listening to the many different genres of music using band, orchestra and choral literature. Opportunities also exist for students to participate in band, chorus and orchestra.

The senior high offers courses that are electives. Students may choose band, orchestra, chorus, Music Theory or Piano Lab to satisfy the requirements of one unit in music or art for graduation.

Instrumental lessons for strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion are started in grade 4. The middle school and high school have bands, orchestras and choruses which are also an important part of the music program. Several concerts are performed yearly throughout the district.

In addition to the band, orchestra and chorus offerings, there are jazz ensembles in grades 6-12 and percussion ensemble in grades 9-12, and a high school Pep Band.
The SV School District is a member of the Broome County and New York State School Music Associations. Membership allows students to participate individually or as a unit at the All-County Elementary and Middle School festivals and at sectional, state and national events.

The music staff, administration and students are proud of their achievements in competition and in their service to school and community.
Bob Ross Challenge

The Bob Ross Challenge at SV High

From Susquehanna Valley High School Art Teacher Joyce Russell!
"To wrap up my Painting I classes for the year, students participated in the "Bob Ross Challenge." We followed along with a classic episode of The Joy of Painting, and tried to paint what Bob painted. The kids had an amazingly fun time, and some put their own spin on the landscape!" Mrs. Russell intends to make this an annual event.
Come on now...who doesn't love Bob Ross?
NYSSMA students

Sabers make the grade at NYSSMA

The "joy of playing music" bug has sure bitten a lot of our students and we couldn't be more proud of the progress they're making. We have some more recent examples of Sabers shining on stage! 
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District Art Show and Elementary Music Showcase

Susquehanna Valley has a vibrant arts program, and visitors to SV High School May 16 got to see just HOW vibrant, as we hosted simultaneous demonstrations of musical and artistic talent at our District Art Show and Elementary Music Showcase. It was a chance for Sabers families and community members to mingle, and see and hear the fruits of a school year's worth of labor. It was a great turnout for these two student-centered performances and exhibits, and another great night to be a Saber!

SV Summer String Camp

For the third year running, Susquehanna Valley will be offering Southern Tier String Camp, July 31-August 4, 2023. 9:00 a.m.-Noon.  Broome County orchestra students of all ages are welcome, even graduates! Come, get into air conditioning and have some fun making music and making friends. We'll even give a concert on August 4, at 11:30 to show off what we've learned! Questions can be sent to [email protected] 
students and their instruments

BCMEA performances kick off Music in Our Schools Month

Susquehanna Valley musicians and singers kicked off Music in Our Schools Month with stellar performances in the BCMEA Festival March 3 and 4. More +
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Trio of SV High Musicians shine at Area All State

Susquehanna Valley High School's Julie LaMantia, Anastasia Ostrowsky, and Andrew Waite were members of the Honors Area All State Band and Orchestra, elite ensembles featuring the top musicians from central New York including Broome, Cortland, Tompkins, and Onondaga Counties. The trio joined their peers to perform a concert to a packed house at Ithaca College on February 4. SEE A FULL SIZE PICTURE

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BCMEA Festival II

Fri Mar 1 2024