Tappan Zee High School Music Department

TZHS students may partake in the Mixed Chorus, Select Vocal Ensemble, Concert Choir, Acafella and Handbell Ensemble. They may also enroll in The Singing Actor. There are three orchestras—Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra—and three bands—Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. Other opportunities include chamber music (small ensembles) and Pep Band. Most ensembles meet daily and lessons are scheduled for all instrumentalists on a weekly basis.

Graduates of TZHS routinely consider their experiences in the music program to be a hallmark of their studies. Though many pursue careers in music—performance, education, therapy, and other areas—most enter college/university programs and the workforce in other fields with a deep love for music and fondness for their experience. Many return to visit and perform in community performances, attend concerts, and as guest speakers.

View the Music Department’s 2017-18 course offerings.

TZHS Music Students Selected For Area All-State Music Festival

We are very proud to announce that the 13 students listed below have been selected to perform in the 2016 Area All-State Music Festival November 18-19 at Cornwall Central High School. This festival is made up of the best student musicians in Rockland County and five nearby counties! These students were chosen from a group of over 2,000 applicants. Selections were based on their outstanding solo audition scores from last spring’s New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) solo evaluation festival. Students met with their counterparts at Cornwall Central High School on November 18 for intensive rehearsals lasting approximately five hours. The students continued rehearsals on November 19, which culminated in concert performances that afternoon. The ensembles were led by guest conductors from various parts of the US who shared their wealth of knowledge and experience as top professionals in the music field.

Band: Erich Ahlf, Paul Kiernan, Estelle Lee, Jane Lee, Garrett Shin, Yena Shin & Seo Yoon Yang

Orchestra: Diana Cha, Jane Choe, Kevin Huang, Alexander Markoe, Palak Oza & Ruben Sriskanda


TZHS Music States Make All-States

The Tappan Zee High School Music Department is proud to announce that four students have been recognized by the New York State School Music Association as All-State eligible for the 2016 New York All-State Music Festival. Senior Jane Choe (cello) will perform with the String Orchestra; senior Stefano Malinverno (alto saxophone) will perform with the Jazz Band; and senior Garrett Shin (bass) will perform in the Mixed Chorus. Andrea Kim (cello) was chosen as an orchestra alternate.

Auditions for All-State ensembles take place every year in the spring and are extremely competitive. Of the many thousands of students that audition across the entire state of New York, only 350 reach the All-State Festival. All of the above students performed Level VI works (the highest level of difficulty) and received a score at the top of their instrumental category.

The students will travel to Rochester, New York in early December where they will rehearse up to eight hours a day for three days with some of America’s most renowned conductors. The final performances will take place at the Eastman Theater, which is one of the major performing halls in the United States.


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Tappan Zee High School Faculty

William Hughes
Team Leader 9 – 12

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band & Pep Band
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Jonathan Rossi
Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra & Symphonic Orchestra
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Russell Wagoner
Chorale, Concert Choir, Interactive Music & Singing Actor
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