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 course offerings.


The Tappan Zee High School Music Department is proud to announce that three students have been recognized by the New York State School Music Association as All-State eligible for 2019 New York All-State music festival.

Lois Kim, senior (viola) will perform with the Symphony Orchestra. Sarah Mesibov, junior (soprano) will perform with the Mixed Chorus and Mia Pakola, junior (violin) will perform with the String Orchestra.

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 difficultly), received a score of 100 and were ranked at the top of their instrumental category.

The students will attend the festival in Rochester, New York from December 5th through December 8th where they will rehearse up to eight hours a day 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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