Music and Arts

Tricia Panasci, Director of Music and Applied Arts

Welcome to the Mount Sinai Art, Music, and Drama homepage
.  At Mt. Sinai, we believe that the arts play an important role in the quality of life. The arts foster self-discipline, initiative, commitment, and a dedication to improvement that enables students to further develop their skills in creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Students involved in the arts also learn to collaborate with others and to communicate more effectively.  In our increasingly complex global society, acquiring these skills and habits is essential for our youth.  That is why we encourage all students to participate, in some capacity, in the many wonderful fine and performing arts programs we offer.

Please use the links on this page for more information related to art, music, and drama at Mt. Sinai.

News and Announcements:

Mt. Sinai Students Attend SCMEA Day of Horn
Four Mt. Sinai Students, along with HS Band teacher, Mr. Moriarty, attended the SCMEA Day of Horn on Friday, January 12th.  The day was filled with small group instruction, rehearsal, and a culminating large ensemble comprised of over 80 French Horn players of all ages. Congratulations to Sofia Alfenito, Ryan Anzaldi, Nicholas Bronleben, and Samuel Dubey.   Mt. Sinai French Horn players
students rehearsing for horn day full french horn ensemble

 Unity Through Artistic Collaboration  
Through the MLK Project, begun in 2021 by the East End Arts Association, Mt. Sinai students unleashed their creativity by creating 16 individual panels that came together to create a 48" x 48" mosaic portrait of Jane Bolin, the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School and to join the New York City Bar Association.  Students did a deep dive into the life and impact of Ms. Bolin and then combined their art to demonstrate the power of unity through artistic collaboration. The piece is for sale through EEA, with proceeds going toward the EEA Art and Music Scholarship Fund. finished portrait of jane bolin
 students with their finished portrait

LISFA Honors for Mt. Sinai Orchestra Students
Members of the Intermediate LISFA Orchestra 18  students from Mt. Sinai Middle and High School were chosen to participate in the Long Island String Festival Association Honors Orchestras in January.  These students were chosen from hundreds nominated across Suffolk County.  Selection was based on their NYSSMA scores and teacher recommendation.  Congratulations to LISFA Intermediate Orchestra members: Elizabeth Califano, Ziqun Fan, Kathleen Han, Kennedy O'Mahoney-Batsilas, Ava Ciofrone, Blake Peterson, Jamie Sheng, Ella Wesnofske, Leah Caravello, Imogen Constantine, Akira Lo, Mahika Palukuri, Chelsie Zhao, Tabish Farrell, Owen Hart, Erika Lo, Stephanie Sheehan, and Carrie Wang.
Members of the LISFA Secondary Orchestra

 High School Musicians Spread Cheer to Holiday Travelers
Musicians from the High School Band, Orchestra, and Chorus brought some Holiday cheer to Long Island MacArthur Airport on Thursday, December 14, singing and playing seasonal favorites for business people, college students, and families traveling, as well as a small audience of friends and relatives. The atmosphere was so festive, even Santa himself stopped by. The Choir singing carols 
The band playing at MacArthur Choir students singing Ryan Anzaldi plays the saxaphone
All of the music students at MacArthur  

 Student Artists Exhibit Work
Vase by Jake Celauro AP Studio Art students looking to pursue the visual arts in college, Camryn Chamberlain, Jake Celauro and Sophia LaStella were selected to exhibit artwork at the 28th Annual Nita Elder Student Scholarship Exhibition in Bellport.  Congratulations to all 3 artists, especially Sophia, whose photograph, "Standing Tall," won her a scholarship AND was sold at the exhibit.
Charleston by Camryn Chamberlain  Standing Tall by Sophia LaStella

Face Painting Fun at Safe Halloween

The Mount Sinai HS Art Club helped the children of Mt. Sinai get into the spirit of the season at Safe Halloween by sharing their talents with some "Boo"tiful face painting.

"Mario" gets his face painted Volunteers from the HS Art Club A Rainbow Unicorn gets even more colorful A princess getting ready for the ball

NYSCAME Announces All-County Musicians

 Ten Mt. Sinai students were selected to participate in the NYSCAME All-County Festival! (l. to r. Sara Michaleas, Aidan Passaro, Mackenzie Kling, Kiera Klug, Maxwell Mankuta, Owen Hart, Kyle Manzo, Orlando DiDesidero, Stephanie Sheehan, and Erika Lo) 
Mt. Sinai's All-County Musicians  The top music students in Suffolk County were chosen for these performing groups based on their NYSSMA auditions and teacher recommendation. They will be performing in the All-County Band, Chorus and Orchestra on November 17th.

 Mt. Sinai's Long Island Scholar Artist
 Leah Romero, Long Island Scholar Artist  

Congratulations to H.S. Senior Leah Romero!  She has been selected as a Long Island Scholar Artist for the 2023-2024 school year in the category of Theater.  As one of twenty selected Scholar Artists from across Long Island, her photo and profile is published in the Monday, October 16th edition of Newsday. Bravo, Leah!

 All-State Honors
 All-State musicians Aidan Passaro and Mackenzie Kling

Congratulations to Mackenzie Kling & Aidan Passaro!  They will be representing Mt. Sinai in the 2023 All-State Mixed Chorus in Rochester, NY this December.