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Newburgh Chamber Music donations benefit local students, musicians in Puerto Rico

Newburgh Chamber Music donations
benefit local students, musicians in Puerto Rico

The gift came with strings.
Student string musicians in the Newburgh school district can prime their instruments thanks to a donation of instrument supplies from Newburgh Chamber Music.
The $1,000 worth of supplies were presented at the Oct. 9 school board meeting to two of the district’s music educators, Monica Antonelli-Guido and Analise Reed.
The strings, shoulder rests, and rosin are necessary items for proper instruction, said Roberta Warfield, a member of the NCM board and a retired music educator.

The district has the oldest established orchestra program in the state, said Antonelli-Guido, Newburgh Free Academy’s main orchestra director. String students from Newburgh have participated in All-State, Area-All State and All-County programs.

Theresa Brown, director of fine and performing arts for the district, noted that NCM has previously donated instruments for the schools’ instructional programs.
Founded in 2000, NCM presents a classical and contemporary repertoire performed by professional chamber ensembles. The organization includes many music educators.
The gift was the second by NCM this year. The organization recently donated $2,000 to the American Federation of Musicians’ Hurricane Relief Fund to help musicians in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The funds were donated from the proceeds of NCM’s annual Mother’s Day concert, which featured the Hudson Valley Winds. For more information please contact Mary Anne McEnery, Publicity assistant, Newburgh Chamber Music 845-534-9086.
Caption: Newburgh Chamber Music presented a gift of string instrument supplies at the Oct. 9 Newburgh school board meeting. From left, Roberta Warfield, a member of the NCM board of directors; CaroleMineo, board of education president; Theresa Brown, the district’s arts director; music educators Analise Reed and Monica Antonelli-Guido; Rick McCurdy, an NCM board member; Karin Warner, NCM’s treasurer, and Dr. Roberto Padilla, school superintendent.
Photo credit: Cassie Sklarz/Newburgh Enlarged City School District

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