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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 18 at 6 pm Wednesday, April 30 at 7 pm

Elementary, Strings Concert Norwin H.S. Orchestra Concert
Hillcrest Intermediate School Norwin Center for the
Performing Arts (H.S. Auditorium)
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:15 pm
Hillcrest, and Middle School Tuesday, May 6
Orchestra Concert Music Performance Assessment
Middle School Auditorium
Tuesday, May 6 at 7 pm
Wednesday, January 29 at 7 pm 5th Grade Band Concert
Wind Ensemble Exchange Concert Hillcrest Intermediate School
Norwin Center for the
Performing Arts (H.S. Auditorium) Thursday, May 8 at 7 pm
6th Grade Band Concert
Thursday, February 13 at 7 pm Hillcrest Intermediate School
Winter High School Band Concert
Norwin Center for the Monday, May 12 at 7 pm
Performing Arts (H.S. Auditorium) Middle School Band
and Jazz Band Concert
Wednesday, March 26 Middle School Auditorium
Hillcrest Orchestra Solo Recital
Chamber Music Concert Wednesday, May 14 at 7 pm
Hillcrest Intermediate School Hillcrest Orchestra Concert
Hillcrest Intermediate School
Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm
Hillcrest Chorus Concert
Hillcrest Intermediate School

Norwin Music on the web The Norwin School District

Norwin Music Department Elementary Strings Present:

A Winter Concert
Hillcrest Int. School

Middle School High School
Norwin Band Aides December 19, 2013 • 6 pm
Ian Morrison, director
From the Superintendent
How Music Education
As Superintendent of Schools and on behalf of all in attendance this
Orchestrates Success:
evening, I congratulate and commend all student musicians who are A Guide for Parents
performing tonight. We recognize your extraordinary musical abilities,
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based on tradition and community pride and a commitment to
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Research provided by the National Association for Music Education
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music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of MBX
the school or school district. Therefore, I encourage all in attendance Ŕ .VTJDFEVDBUJPOhelps in the development of 21st-
to continue as advocates of music education and the arts by taking a century skillsUIBUFNQMPZFSTQSJ[F JODMVEJOH
greater leadership role in your schools and communities to strengthen

and preserve K-12 music and arts programs.


We thank our hosts today, the principals and music teachers, as well as 
the numerous Norwin parent and community volunteers who provide 
never-ending support to our developing musicians. They all deserve 4PVSDFXXXOBGNFPSH

our profound gratitude.

Best wishes for an enjoyable evening, and please continue to keep

music and the performing arts in a prominent place in your lives, both If you won’t be taking your program book
now and in the future! home as an autographed keepsake,
please recycle it in one of the bins as you leave.
Board of Education and Administration Thank you!
William H. Kerr, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

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Fourth Grade Strings About the directors

Reese Aquilio Micah Gaydos Olivia Masterson Michael Szymanski is a 1991 graduate of Norwin High School and
Emma Balaban Jenna Gulibon Evelina Mignogna received a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University in 1995.

Lauren Ball Hunter Haines Riley Morningstar Mr. Szymanski has been the Middle School Orchestra director since
being hired in 1996 and became the High School Orchestra director
Spencer Ballas Grace Heuer Elizabeth Nicholson
in 1998. In addition to their annual winter and spring concerts, the
Natalie Barkley Austin Hewitt Riley Oslosky
H.S. Orchestra often performs with the Norwin Chorus, at invitational
Colleen Boatright Nick Hunn Addison Patrick
festivals and for various community and scholastic events. In recent
Jesse Bobbs Alex Hunn Sydney Pesarsick
years, the H.S. Orchestra has received numerous Superior ratings at
Olivia Brown Emily Hunn Nathan Petranka PMEA Music Performance Assessments and other adjudicated festivals.
Robby Burns Olivia Jacob Marina Prock During his time at Norwin, Michael has also taught elementary band and
Abby Burtnett Lauren Jordan Christopher Ragan orchestra, elementary and middle school general music, music theory,
Evelyn Cao Triniti Joy Karina Rosario and guitar. He has been the Music Department Chairperson since
Jacob Capets Kaitlyn Karaffa Jackie Sciulli 2011. In his time away from school, Mr. Szymanski enjoys reading, hiking,
camping and long road trips. He continues to be an active freelance
Julie Chenot MacKenzie Kemp Brooke Smarick
performer on violin and viola. Michael and his wife Jennifer currently
Braden Crow Olivia Knoechel Elana Smiley
reside in North Huntingdon with their daughters, Betsy and Abby.
Ashley Cumpston Mary Kochis Zachary Smith
Abigail Davis Marsala Krupp Sonia Snider
A graduate from the Norwin School District, Ian Morrison received
Carley DiPaolo Alyssa Laukus Prescott Stauffer his B.S. in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Nicholas DiPerna Brooke Lechner Ty Stecko and his M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Clarion University.
Nicholas Dutka Trina Lord Makenzie Turkowski Mr. Morrison began teaching at Norwin in 2000 and his duties have
Kylie Everett Savannah Lorenc Riley Turnbull included everything from Kindergarten Music to High School Band.
Julie Fekete Allyson Lowden Carina Walls Currently, Mr. Morrison teaches string instruments at Hahntown,
Sheridan Terrace, Stewartsville, and Sunset Valley Elementary Schools
Nathan Fell Keeley MacKenzie Emilie Watson
and Hillcrest Intermediate School. Mr. Morrison resides in North
Grace Fischer Anna Madonia Trevor White
Huntingdon with his wife Kim and son Aiden.
Lane Fischer Elizabeth Mahoney Tanner Yaklich
Katarina Garvin Tori Marflak Josh Yanan

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Special thanks to… Tonight’s Selections

The parents of all the students Pat Geiger, Jim Dezorzi and the This evening’s program will be selected from the following:
represented tonight for Norwin Maintenance
Bile ’Em Cabbage Down
supporting Fine Arts and Custodial Staff
Education Ushers and Volunteers Hot Cross Buns
Our student musicians The Norwin Music Department
Pizzicato Swing
Norwin School District Michael Szymanski
Board of Education Tim Daniels Strings Rock!
William H. Kerr, Ed.D., Greg Ondayko
A Sleigh Ride
Superintendent of Schools Kim Glover
Dr. Tracy A. McNelly, Denise Bilott Jingles and Sparkles
Asst. Superintendent Ian Morrison
Good King Wenceslas
Mrs. Natalie A. McCracken, Devon Lippmann
Asst. Superintendent Elizabeth Stephens Jingle Bells
and the Norwin School Fred King,
District Administration Lynn Spiegel
Norwin Faculty and Staff, Tim Milko
especially the Dan Muchoney
Fourth Grade teachers Jennifer Herrington “The scales are tipping away
Ms. Rosemarie Dvorchak, Principal Chuck & Lois Jano from what it used to take for people to get ahead—
Ms. Lisa Banasick, Our students’ many
logical, linear, left-brain, and spreadsheet-type abilities—
Assistant Principal private teachers
and the Hillcrest Intermediate Kathleen Heuer, in favor of abilities like
School Administration & Staff concert program design artistry, empathy, and big-picture thinking,
Todd Leighty and the
which are becoming more valuable.
Auditorium Production Team
Mr. Evanov and the stage crew
“Left-brain skills are still absolutely necessary in our complex world.
They’re just not sufficient anymore.”
Thank you for your continued support of the Norwin Music
Department, specifically the Norwin Orchestra Program! —Daniel Pink

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