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Niskayuna Friends of Music, Inc.

Since 1961

Some exciting news to share…

In 2017 Mrs. Pizzino-Catalano, along with 140 Niskayuna students and the Schenectady Symphony performed Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” at Proctors.

On Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm this beautiful collaboration will be aired on WMHT. It is such an incredible treat to hear our very own Mrs. Pizzino-Catalano sing and you might recognize some familiar faces in the choir. There are many alumni from Ladies First and Concert Chorale along with 25 current freshman who were in 5th grade when the concert aired.

If you are unable to watch on TV, you can listen on the radio or the concert will stream on WMHT.org. Friends of Music is very excited and very proud!

“Even in these difficult times… our faculty and children put together such beautiful music.  May it give you some comfort and joy.”

Jodi Rossman, Vice President of Friends of Music

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Dear Niskayuna Friends of Music,

We hope this update finds you and your family well. We wanted to let you know what Friends of Music has been up to over this first quarter of 2020-21. We have continued to meet regularly over Zoom, to ensure Niskayuna music feels supported through this pandemic. Friends of Music is providing each elementary school student with a bag to ensure their music supplies stay separated. This has also been helpful in providing virtual students with supplies. We were also excited to provide our high school musicians with masks to make sure they stay safe during rehearsals. This is especially important for some of our band students who require special masks due to their instruments. Now, we look forward to hearing from the middle school music teachers on how we are able to help them.

We would like to thank the Department of Music for all of their hard work during this difficult time. Even though we are certain teaching music during a pandemic is very challenging, the staff has been patient, enthusiastic and they have definitely met this challenge. We know music education is especially important for students during a stressful day, so please realize how much we appreciate your commitment to our students.

We will continue to keep you updated. Please feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions.

With warmest wishes,

Sarah Spindler
President, Friends of Music

GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program

FOM is among the list of charitable institutions supported by the GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program. Through this program, individual contributions of $25 or more from employees and/or retirees are matched dollar for dollar. Eligible gifts may be registered online on our membership page or by phone at 1-800-305-0669.

Become A Community Sponsor

We are inviting parents and other members of the community to participate as a Community Sponsor with an ad for your business or profession. This advertisement will be in our Notes newsletters and distributed at all of our 25 concerts. Your business or profession will also be acknowledged as a Community Sponsor on our website for the whole school year.

A minimum donation of $75 required in order to place an add in Notes Newsletter and the FOM website.

For more information, please contact us through the District Music Office located at Niskayuna High School: (518) 382-2511, Ext. 21710, or by email. Thank you.