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Riverside School Music Program

A Joyful Noise
The Music Program at Riverside

– Our band coordinator, Mr. David Arezzini, invites all students in grades 4 and 5 to join the band! He conducts half hour lessons 2 days per week. These lessons rotate so students do not miss the same academic subject each week. The band performs at our two annual concerts and also at our very special community events such as Flag Day and Veteran’s Day.

Orchestra- Under the direction of Mr. Barry Hoffman, students have several opportunities to play a string instrument. Students may join in grade 3 as weekly lessons are provided to any child who is willing to practice and attend these half hour lessons. Mr. Hoffman schedules an annual concert for these young musicians.
Any student in grades 4 and 5 can continue and/or join the orchestra. Two weekly lessons are provided and at least two recitals are scheduled to showcase the progress of these students. When possible the orchestra will travel off campus to perform in local venues.

Rentals- Information regarding instrument rental is available from the music department.

Chorus- Ms. Jessica Punchatz, is our general music teacher. She also serves as the choral director for our wonderful chorus. Over 90 voices are currently involved in the program. The choral experience is open to any child in grades 4 and 5. Students are divided into two voice parts, and each part rehearses once a week, and recitals are conducted twice a year. The chorus performs at community events both on and off campus. They bring joy and cheer to senior residences at Nathaniel Witherall, and bring holiday cheer to the Town of Greenwich, when they perform at the Greenwich Holiday Walk on Greenwich Avenue. They also sing at Sound Tigers' Hockey Games and collaborate with the Reaching for the Arts Choir in New York City. This collaborative opportunity fosters team work and readies students for the exemplary choral programs at middle and high school.

We hope your child will take advantage of these great opportunities. Our highly qualified teachers, all musicians in their own right, nurture and develop the skills and disciplines needed to enhance a child’s love of music.