Windsongs

Windsongs
Friday, Apr 12, 2019
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Charles Cushinery, Director
Clark High School Orchestra, NV
Jeffrey A Lacoff, Director
Clark High School Concert Band, NV
Paul Corn, Director
Susan E. Wagner High School Wind Ensemble, NY
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Participating Ensembles:

Ed W. Clark High School Symphonic Strings
Ed W. Clark High School Concert Band
Susan Wagner High School Wind Ensemble

Ed W. Clark High School Symphonic Strings

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Charles Cushinery
Dr. Chuck Cushinery has been a resident of Nevada since 1997. He holds a BFA, MME and EdD. Chuck currently teaches at Ed W. Clark High School, in Las Vegas, where he has grown the string program from 39 students in 1997 to a currecnt enrollment of over 450. In addition he founded the Clark guitar program, which has grown to an enrollment of 400, and most recently, founded the piano program at Clark with a current enrollment of 200. Chuck is also the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the College of Southern Nevada and director of the Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra. He is a three time top ten finalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the year award. In 2015 the Clark Chamber Orchestra won the Grand National Orchestra Championship at the ASTA Conference in Salt Lake City and in 2016 performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Today’s performance is Dr. Cushinery’s third performance at Carnegie Hall.

Clark High School has the largest enrolled fine arts department Nevada. Our goal is to have every student at Clark High School engage in a fine arts course during their tenure. The Clark High School Orchestra has a current enrollment of over 400 students in nine sections of orchestra classes. The Orchestras meet every day in an alternating pattern of large heterogeneous rehearsals and smaller homogeneous sectionals. The orchestra has won numerous awards and accolades at festivals locally and nationally and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the Clark High School Band in both 2008 and 2012. In 2015 the orchestra was awarded the Grand Champion title at the ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Salt Lake City and in 2016 performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Clark Orchestra alumni have attended or currently attend such prestigious universities as the Julliard School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Northwestern, etc. Orchestra students are valedictorians, salutatorians and club presidents. The CHS Orchestra emphasizes the importance of commitment and rigor while encouraging humanistic ideals. Our orchestra is a musical family dedicated to creating life-long relationships between students, music and education.

Ed W. Clark High School Concert Band

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Jeffrey A Lacoff
Bio - Jeffrey A. Lacoff Director, Ed W. Clark HS, Las Vegas, NV Mr. Lacoff received his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in 1990, and completed his master’s at Queen’s College of the City College of New York in 1995. He began his teaching career in Huntington, NY, teaching at Huntington High, Findley Junior High, and Southdown Elementary. After eight successful years there, in 1998, he moved to Las Vegas, where he took over the band directorship at Ed W. Clark High School. For the past twenty one years, Mr. Lacoff has been working to improve the bands at Clark, increasing the level of performance as well as the enrollment throughout his time there. Mr. Lacoff is also very involved in music education in Clark County and the state of Nevada. Mr. Lacoff is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME,) the Southern Band Association (SNBA,) and the Texas Bandmaster’s Association. He is the current HS Band Task Force Chair for the Clark County School District. He is a past president of SNBA, a chairman of the Clark County Honor Bands, a past exhibits chair for the Nevada Music Educator’s Association convention, and the chairman for the Southern Region Solo & Ensemble festival. In April of 2011, Mr. Lacoff was awarded the Music Educator of the Year award by the Nevada Music Educator’s Association. The band program has flourished under Mr. Lacoff’s care, receiving consistent superior awards in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Drumline, and Winterguard festivals. Under his direction, the band has performed three times at Walt Disney World, at Sea World San Diego, in New York City at Lincoln Center, in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl Parade and National Band Championship in Phoenix, AZ, and twice before on the Carnegie Hall stage in 2008 and 2012. Mr. Lacoff has continued to encourage his students to apply themselves in all areas. Many of the students in the band are also enrolled in the Clark magnet programs for Math and Science, Teaching, and Finance. The Clark Band is proud to have alumni enrolled or graduated from the top colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard, Stanford, and Northwestern University.

The Ed W. Clark HS Band has consistently received Superior ratings at the Clark County School District Band Festivals. The band regularly has 25-30 members selected into the CCSD HS Honor Bands. The band regularly has 10-15 members selected into the NMEA All State Ensembles. Clark's Band is proud of the well-rounded successes of all facets of the program. The Jazz Bands take part in the local Essentially Ellington festival, at CCSD Jazz Festival, and at the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Institute. The Winterguard and Winter Drumline are equally successful in their participation in the respective competitive circuits, and the Pep Band is always representing the band and the school at the highest of levels. The band has also been selected on numerous occasions to perform for many Corporate events in Las Vegas, as a part of conventions and local charity events.

Susan Wagner High School Wind Ensemble

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Paul Corn
Paul Corn has been teaching in the NYC public school system for two decades, beginning his career at Marine Park Intermediate School, followed by Fort Hamilton High School, and then finally at Susan E. Wagner High School. In his thirteen years as Assistant Principal at Wagner, Mr. Corn has created a fully tiered concert band program, a highly competitive jazz program, a marching band with more than one hundred and fifty members, a top level theater program, and a thriving Visual Arts and Dance program. In conjunction with the Staten Island Borough Presidents Office, The Mayor’s Office and the Office of the Chancellor, Mr. Corn helped procure and design a new Center for The Performing Arts on the Wagner H.S. campus, which opened in 2016. A graduate of Brooklyn College in Performance (BM, MM) he studied clarinet with David Weber and saxophone with Salim Washington and Lawrence Feldman. He has served as adjunct faculty at Brooklyn College leading their big band and their wind ensemble programs. He is a professional saxophonist, clarinetist and composer having penned numerous jazz works for his professional ensemble, The Modern Jazz Workshop as well as his own students.

The Susan Wagner High School Music department is a thriving program in the NYC Department of Education, which has recently received been named the Arts Designated High School for Staten Island. The program offers multiple levels of music classes in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Guitar Ensemble, Chorus, and Composition. Our ensembles compete annually in local and national festivals, perform at numerous school and community functions, and enjoy partnerships with the NY Pops Orchestra, Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Montclair State University, and more. The Wind Ensemble has won multiple first place awards in national competitions at Festival Disney, Heritage Festival Boston, Heritage Festival Washington D.C., and Heritage Festival Williamsburg. The Wind Ensemble has commissioned two works by composer Michael Markowski; Saturn returns and You Are Cordially Invited.